Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says South Africa needs a government that will take the country forward and tackle service delivery challenges head-on.
He was addressing party members at a rally held at Msobomvu Community Hall in Butterworth in the Eastern Cape.
As the 2016 Local Government Elections draws nearer, the DA is embarking on an aggressive recruitment campaign to increase its membership, especially in the rural areas.
Party leader Mmusi Maimane, flanked by provincial leadership that included Chairperson Veliswa Mvenya interacted with communities in Butterworth and Queenstown on Saturday.
Maimane told party members who filled the Msobomvu Community Hall to capacity that the country is not safe in President Jacob Zuma’s hands and needs a change of government.
He emphasised that corruption and joblessness in the country are getting worse by the day.
“The ANC has long forgotten about the people of this country. Our key message today is that we must build a country built on values of freedom, fairness and opportunity. That South Africans must know what true freedom is, and that while President Zuma says the ANC is number one and the country is number two, we are here to say no it will always be South Africa first. Ours is to build a South Africa that creates work for people, that ultimately ensures that we deal with corruption and we are seeing a rise in corruption in this community.”
We must make sure we build good school infrastructure
Maimane also touched on many factors that he believes are key contributors to the country’s ailing education system, which he has described as a disgrace.
“We must make sure we build good school infrastructure. We must make sure teachers are actually working in schools. The teachers are more committed to the union than they are to the students, that is why things like assessments are not being done, but more than that we build schools closer to communities so that not many children are walking for long distances to schools.”
The young people who attended the rally have also expressed hope of a better future.
“I think the DA is coming to make a change for the youth and the whole South Africa because it is a party for all the races it is not for white people only.”
The leadership of the DA in the Eastern Cape is confident that come Local Government Elections next year, the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro will be counted among municipalities under its leadership.