Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane already has plans in mind, should he become president.
“We need a clean government that fights corruption at every level, and sends those found guilty to jail for 15 years, and a police service that is well trained, well equipped and staffed by motivated individuals, so that South Africans can take back their streets and their neighbourhoods from criminals,” he said on Wednesday.
Maimane was speaking to staff members at the DA’s headquarters in Bruma, Johannesburg, where he urged them to not take seriously the recent poll results from the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR), which suggested the party’s support had declined to 18% from 23% in September.
Maimane said that, as far as he was concerned, his “party has grown, and that is evident from results of by-elections held across the country since the previous elections”.
“We are now nearing election time, and if we will have more polls coming through, and if we take them too seriously, we may lose focus,” Maimane said.
The DA leader also reflected on the year, labelling it a difficult one for the party.
“We have had a lot of challenges, from the Nelson Mandela Bay coalition government that failed, to the Cape Town Patricia De Lille saga, but we have come out of those challenges stronger,” he told the DA workers.
Maimane said the move to remove De Lille’s mayoral chains was necessary, adding