The DA has been making serious inroads in the metro, where DA Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip hopes to topple current mayor and ANC mayoral candidate, Danny Jordaan, as city boss on August 3.
Maimane was speaking during an event to launch the 10 day countdown to the much-anticipated elections.
He commended the metro’s beautiful coastline, saying it presented massive tourism opportunities. “This is a beautiful city, with a beautiful people. From its coastline I can see that this city has big opportunities. We want to bring here a tourism industry so that South Africans from all over South Africa and global people … come here and experience the beauty of our coastline,” he said.
The metro presented opportunities in the manufacturing industry, and the DA government would deal decisively with eradicating corruption.
Punctuating his speech with “Amandla!”, the DA leader said they would also address the scourge of drugs in the metro.
He then turned his focus on the ANC and President Jacob Zuma, and accused them of using racism to try and weaken the DA ahead of the crucial polls.
The surveys suggest the DA could win the ANC-governed metro, which is the Eastern Cape’s biggest and richest.
ANC leaders who campaigned in the metro, have ridiculed the DA, its leaders and the candidates it had fielded, saying they would never wrest the metro from the ANC clutches.
Zuma addressed a party rally in Port Elizabeth at the weekend, where he dismissed the DA as an offspring of apartheid political parties.
Hitting back, Maimane