DA to up the ante on ANC

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THE DA in­tends to use the cri­sis fac­ing the ANC to gain strong ground in the run-up to the 2019 gen­eral elec­tion.

Party leader Mmusi Maimane spoke in Dur­ban yes­ter­day, fol­low­ing a two-day DA fed­eral coun­cil meet­ing at the week­end.

Joined by the coun­cil’s chair­per­son James Selfe, Maimane said the DA’s polling data re­vealed that the ANC was polling be­low 50%, show­ing the op­po­si­tion party had gained good ground, and adding that the party would use this to un­seat the rul­ing party in 2019.

“It’s time for all South Africans to unite against the cor­rupt Gupta-led ANC and to vote for change at the next elec­tions.

“Over the next 700 days the DA’s pri­mary fo­cus will be to pre­pare for na­tional gov­ern­ment and to mount an elec­tion cam­paign of un­prece­dented scale and reach,” he said.

Maimane added: “The 2019 elec­tions will de­fine whether South Africa can turn around our present de­cline and grow to be the pros­per­ous mod­ern democ­racy that we en­vis­age.

“We know many vot­ers are real­is­ing day by day that the ANC can­not self-cor­rect, and we are de­ter­mined that elec­tions in 2019 will see the end of the ANC’s oc­cu­pa­tion of the Union Buildings.”

To do this, Maimane said, the DA would need to de­velop a pol­icy of­fer that was com­pelling and cred­i­ble, high­light­ing that the coun­cil had dis­cussed a num­ber of key pol­icy ar­eas for fur­ther de­vel­op­ment, which in­cluded cre­at­ing jobs and fo­cus­ing on the econ­omy, ed­u­ca­tion, land re­form, healthcare and hu­man set­tle­ments.

He noted that of equal im­por­tance was for the DA to en­sure there was an ex­panded pool of di­verse and hard-work­ing DA can­di­dates for the 2019 na­tional and provin­cial elec­tions.

“The DA is the only po­lit­i­cal party that rig­or­ously as­sesses the per­for­mance of all its pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives and holds them to a per­for­mance agree­ment. We be­lieve that pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives must be ac­count­able and avail­able. They must be well in­formed on their port­fo­lios, in­volved in their com­mu­ni­ties and must con­trib­ute pos­i­tively in their leg­is­la­tures.

“We have worked on stream­lin­ing our per­for­mance eval­u­a­tion sys­tem. And we have launched our new po­lit­i­cal per­for­mance as­sess­ment sys­tem,” he said.

Maimane spoke of the party’s achieve­ments, such as its pro­grammes in the West­ern Cape. Premier He­len Zille was praised by the Au­di­tor-Gen­eral for be­ing ac­tively en­gaged in help­ing to im­prove au­dit out­comes as well as de­liv­er­ing sound, clean fi­nan­cial man­age­ment of pub­lic monies, he said.

“Time is run­ning out to save South Africa,” Maimane warned.

UP­BEAT: The DA’s Ge­ordin Hill-Lewis, left, party leader Mmusi Maimane and James Selfe in uMh­langa yes­ter­day.

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