Zille: DA to do better than last elections

Zille says the DA is going to fight this year's elections on the issues of jobs and the economy.

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) Helen Zille says her party is going to fight this year's

general elections on the issues of jobs and the economy.

President Jacob Zuma announced yesterday that the elections will take place on 7 May.

He made the announcement as the country prepares for the final voter registration drive this weekend.

Zille says she doesn't believe her party will suffer following the debacle over its failed merger with AgangSA.

She says the encounter was not a "marriage" or a "one-night-stand" but an engagement.

"One has engagements precisely to figure out if the marriage is going to work. I realised pretty early on it wasn't and that's why I realised we could close it down with no skin off anybody's nose."

In a statement released last Sunday, the DA revealed Ramphele would no longer be their presidential candidate after reneging on her decision.

This came only days after last week's bold move where Ramphele and Zille said their parties would join forces ahead of elections.

Zille has since described Ramphele as a backtracker who can't be trusted, while Ramphele has accused the DA of rushing her into a decision.