TLOKWE – The Democratic Alliance has “the big five” in its sights for next year’s local government elections, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said on Saturday.

“We have identified five local governments where we have a real chance to either increase our lead or to take over from the ANC,” he told a gathering in Tlokwe, North West, as part of his national Vision 2029 tour.

Most of the talk until now had been about Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane, and Johannesburg.

“But the fifth big municipality that we’re aiming for is this very municipality here in Tlokwe,” Maimane said.

“This is a municipality where the ANC’s support over the past decade has been dropping as fast as the DA’s support has been climbing.

“Those two lines on the graph are almost ready to cross, and with that will come a bright new chapter for the people of Tlokwe.”

“You see, all the DA needs is one chance to show what a caring, clean and efficient government can do. One chance,” he said.

In 2006, the DA gave the ANC “their very first taste of defeat” when the DA won the City of Cape Town from them.

“And that’s all we needed – one chance to show the people of Cape Town what a difference a DA government can make. And we made sure we used that chance.”

The DA in Cape Town immediately appointed the “right people” to crucial jobs. No jobs for pals. No cadre deployments. No payback for loyalty. Just competent and committed people to do important jobs, he said.

The DA in Cape Town immediately began spending all public money on public service delivery, and particularly in its poorest areas.

Today, Cape Town has the highest access to water, electricity, and flush toilets in the country.

The DA in Cape Town immediately put an end to corruption and wasteful spending. Today, Cape Town is the best-run metro with the highest number of clean audits in the country, Maimane said.

In last year’s national and provincial elections, the DA pushed the ANC below 50 percent in Nelson Mandela Bay and Tshwane, and brought them very close to 50 percent in Johannesburg, and in Tlokwe the ANC managed only 51.8 percent of the vote – a full 20 percent down from what they got in 2004.

The days of an ANC majority in Tlokwe were coming to an end.

“We know it won’t be a smooth ride. The ANC will do everything it can – legal or illegal – to hold on to power. In fact, we’ve already seen many examples of just how far they are prepared to go.”

“We will fight these merger plans with everything we have, because if there’s one thing that the people of Tlokwe deserve, then it’s the chance to vote for the government of their choice in a free and fair election,” Maimane said.


– Africa News Agency