We can win: Get out the DA vote on 3 August

BY Mmusi Maimane MP, DA Leader

This is make or break. The polls are showing that we are neck-and-neck with the ANC in the big metros of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay. These are SA’s economic powerhouses. It’s going to be close, but we can win these cities.

And if we do, we will turn them around like we have turned Cape Town around. It will not only make an enormous difference to the daily lives of millions of urban South Africans, but it will also put the DA in a position to kick-start our flagging economy. And it will give us the momentum we need to get into national government in 2019.

In each of these three metros, it may come down to a handful of votes like it did in Cape Town in 2006, when the DA got the slimmest foot in the doorway by forming a seven party coalition. Back then Cape Town’s future hung by the most tenuous of threads, but those few thousand extra votes ultimately translated into the enormous gains we have made since then and will continue to make in the coming years – at a greater pace, now that we have built up such momentum.

That is why every registered voter who wants to get South Africa moving forward again needs to vote for the DA on 3 August. So, please help us to make sure every single DA voter gets to the polls. Be a part of our team by helping to get your family, friends and colleagues to the ballot box – and please remind them to take their ID books with them.

We need every single one of their votes. You can help us win by making a simple commitment: between now and Election Day, call or sms ten people in your contact list and ask them to vote DA.

If every DA supporter does actually vote for us, then we will emerge victorious on 4 August, and we will start building Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay into truly world-class cities.

Another way you can help us win on Election Day is by volunteering to serve as a DA party agent at a voting station. Party agents are trained to oversee the IEC, and make sure there is no electoral fraud. This is important in this election because the ANC faces the prospect of defeat, which makes the temptation to cheat greater.

We have real reason to be concerned about the ability of the IEC to deliver a free and fair election, so it is imperative that the DA plays an oversight role at every single voting station. For example, in JS Moroka Municipality in Mpumalanga, 23% of the people on the voters roll have registered for special votes. We need to ensure these votes are cast and accounted for, and that nothing untoward is happening here.

If you do want to sign up to help, please send an email with your name, ID number and cell phone number to

The DA is the only party in South Africa today that is committed to achieving Madiba’s vision of a united, prosperous South Africa, grounded on a respect for the values enshrined in our Constitution. And we are strong enough and big enough to win this fight. But the race is a very close one. This is nimble David versus bloated Goliath.

We have a track record, both in opposition and in government, to prove our commitment and capacity to achieve this mission. The DA is a tremendous force for good in SA – both as the official opposition and as the governing party in the Western Cape and in a growing number of cities and towns across the country.

In opposition, we have relentlessly exposed ANC corruption, throwing light on the darkest corners of their dodgy deals, and fighting tenaciously for the principle of equality before the law, to ensure that political power translates into public good rather than personal profit. We’ve shown an uncompromising commitment to social justice and respect for the Constitution. We have a rational, pragmatic approach to the economy, and a proven ability to generate inclusive economic growth.

In government, we have improved the lives of the poor, grown the economy, and cut corruption. Cape Town’s unemployment rate is 14.6 percentage points below the national average. The Auditor General reported last month that not a single rand was lost to corruption, while Stats SA and Good Governance Africa confirmed that DA governments lead in service delivery.

The choice next week is clear: the ANC stands for corruption, the EFF for chaos. Only the DA is capable of delivering change that cuts corruption, grows the economy, and takes our country forward again. In five days’ time we can make history, but only with your vote. Help us make history on 3 August by voting DA. Ke Nako, it is time!

Mmusi Maimane
DA Leader

 July 29, 2016
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