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‘The DA is the change South Africa needs’

Ghaleb Cachalia has accepted the DA’s nomination to run as mayoral candidate in Ekurhuleni.

"The DA in Gauteng today announced Ghaleb Cachalia, son of struggle stalwarts Amina and Yusuf Cachalia, as it's mayoral candidate in Ekurhuleni. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The son of struggle icons Amina and Yusuf Cachalia, Ghaleb, says he agonised over the decision to leave the African National Congress (ANC), but he felt the party had abandoned him.

He has accepted the Democratic Alliance's(DA) nomination to run as mayoral candidate in Ekurhuleni, saying he has the experience to improve the serious problems regarding service delivery.

Cachalia is a third-generation activist, after his grandparents campaigned with Mahatma Ghandi while, his parents worked alongside former President Nelson Mandela to end apartheid.

The DA mayoral candidate says it was the ANC that entrenched the values he lives by, after growing up with parents close to former president Mandela.

Cachalia says he had believed the ANC would bring the country its freedom and beyond, but instead it's now the second most unequal country in the world.

"Sadly after 22 years of ANC government, and I don't say this lightly, we have been betrayed."

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Gauteng DA leader John Moody says Cachalia has a wealth of knowledge and he is confident they will win in this year's elections.

"A man who has been in the trenches with his family, he indeed has a history. He is a third-generation activist."

Cachalia says he truly believes the DA is the change South Africa needs.

LISTEN: Ghaleb Cachalia runs as DA mayoral candidate in Ekurhuleni