All systems go as DA launches manifesto

DA supporters have come out in their numbers, saying it’s time for the opposition to rule.

The Democratic Alliance launched it election manifesto on 23 April 2016. Picture: @da_mpl via Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says its manifesto launch today is only the beginning of a vigorous campaign.

The DA says it's expecting more than 20,000 people to attend the launch.

Rand stadium is filling up with South Africans dressed in blue, eager to hear the DA's plans for the upcoming local government elections.

The party's Refiloe Ntsekge says she's pleased with the thousands of seats already filled.

"We don't take South African for granted and we know we're still going to go out there between now and the election to reinforce our messages, so come elections South Africans are sure who they're voting for."

She says supporters are most excited to hear from party leader Mmusi Maimane, who is expected to deliver the keynote address.

DA supporters have come out in their numbers, saying it's time for the opposition to rule the major metros in Gauteng.

There's a jovial atmosphere as supporters are entertained by local acts and music in between speeches.

The programme kicked off this morning with Gauteng Provincial leader John Moody, who welcomed thousands of supporters at the Rand stadium.

The DA's mayoral candidates for Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Bay will be addressing the crowd with their offer for voters.


The DA's mayoral candidate for Tshwane, Solly Msimang, says the party plans to turn the capital city into a world class city.

Msimang says he has solid plans for the capital city.

"I want to make sure that this city, that use to be the apartheid sieve of this country, can be the city that restores hope for our people."

He says his plans include attracting investors, proving quality services and keeping the city clean.