DA commits to improving transport, service delivery & job creation

Mmusi Maimane delivered the key note address at the DA’s election manifesto launch in Johannesburg.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance(DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says his party is committed to improving transport, service delivery and creating jobs.

Maimane delivered the key note address at the DA's election manifesto launch in Johannesburg this afternoon.

He says when it comes to transforming cities into vibrant business hubs, one of the biggest game changers is public transport.

"If you elect DA to your municipality, we will invest heavily in public transport because we know how important it is to connect South Africans to opportunities to learn, to work and to play."

At the same time, DA mayoral candidate for Nelson Mandela Bay Athol Trollip says he is determined to transform the municipality and offer residents reliable services.

Trollip says the Port Elizabeth municipality was named after the iconic former president and yet all the promises that came with naming the municipality has gone down the drain.

"We have seen service delivery at an all-time low, we lose 43 percent of our water in Nelson Mandela Bay and refuse is not collected on a weekly basis in most communities. We have seen the housing department succumb to corruption and we have seen the most scandalous thing happen in that municipality."


Maimane says South Africans have the power to create change and to hire and fire politicians, not the Guptas.

Maimane delivered the key note address at the party's election manifesto launch at Rand Stadium in Johannesburg this afternoon.

The Gupta family and its ties to President Jacob Zuma have been under the spotlight recently with allegations that they influenced cabinet appointments.

The DA leader emphasised the importance of the Constitution, saying President Zuma was found to have broken the Constitution and the law.

He says there's been an increase in corruption starting at the very top and now South Africans must decide what's best for their future.

"This is your power in any democracy. It's the power to change things, you are the people who hire politicians and not the Guptas."

Maimane went into detail about certain municipalities that still use bucket toilets, have no electricity and sewage running through the streets.


Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has told DA supporters in Johannesburg to look at Cape Town as an example of good governance.

DA supporters cheered and applauded de Lille as she addressed the crowd and asked them to vote for her party.

"We have delivered the highest standard of service in the country and we have put in place a world class public transport system."

She reflected on the progress made in the City of Cape Town where the party governs but says it still has a long way to go.

"The legacy of the past, with the inequalities and injustices, require many more years of work to address this in Cape Town and in South Africa."

De Lille says she believes the DA is the most transparent party which can improve the country.