Zille rallies in Wilderness

The DA leader told Southern Cape residents they’re not traitors if they vote for the opposition.

FILE: DA leader Helen Zille. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - One of the biggest challenges facing the Democratic Alliance (DA) is convincing the electorate they're not traitors if they choose to vote for the opposition, party leader Helen Zille on Wednesday.

The country will go to the polls on 7 May.

Zille is campaigning in Wilderness in the Southern Cape on Wednesday.

She says because of the country's history, in many cases those who do vote against the government are labelled as traitors.

The opposition leader told residents the Western Cape is a DA stronghold after taking over the province following the 2009 polls.

She says the aim now is to keep the province and to ensure ANC support drops below 50 percent in Gauteng and the Northern Cape.


Zille also took a dig at President Jacob Zuma over the Nkandla saga, describing his KwaZulu-Natal homestead as a "spectacular golf estate".

Meanwhile, the DA and ANC have gone head-to-head over Nkandla in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.

At the same time, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on the issue took centre stage at a debate between the ANC and DA in Oudtshoorn.

As the ANC campaigns for votes in Oudtshoorn, some residents have criticised the party's so-called "good story".

Tears ran down Carol Loggenberg's face as she told Eyewitness News about her life of poverty. The 53-year-old says there are many nights she sleeps outside the family home because she cannot contribute financially.

The ANC's leader in the Western Cape Marius Fransman says under its control, more will be done in poverty-stricken areas in the Klein Karoo.