Ratepayers in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro should get ready to be governed by the Democratic Alliance, party leader in the Eastern Cape Athol Trollip told delegates at the DA’s 6th federal congress in Port Elizabeth on Saturday morning.
Welcoming the 1425 delegates to the congress, Trollip – who is vying to be the party’s federal chairman and hopes to be mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay – said Port Elizabeth was “vulnerable to become the next DA city”.
“After that wonderful election of DASO, Gwede Mantashe said it was an unnatural result. I want to tell him they better get ready for the supernatural,” Trollip told the cheering crowd.
He was referring the DA Student Organisation which received an overwhelming majority in SRC elections despite the ruling party sending out its big guns, including deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and cabinet ministers Fikile Mbalula and Malusi Gigaba to campaign for the ANC aligned SA Students Congress (SASCO).
The DA has indicated it would campaign hard ahead of next year’s local government elections, where the party is hoping to snatch the Nelson Mandela Bay away from the ruling party and rule its second metro after the City of Cape Town.
Trollip has been confirmed as the party’s mayoral candidate after running in the premier’s race in the provincial elections in 2014. In 2011, the ANC won a narrow majority with under 52 percent of the vote to secure the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.
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