DA manifesto ‘didn’t do enough to secure Gauteng’

Analysts say the DA should prove it will prioritise historically disadvantaged areas.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane interacts with supporters at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg on 23 April 2016 for the party's official manifesto launch for the 2016 local government elections. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it's pleased with the turnout of supporters at its manifesto launch in Johannesburg and says African National Congress (ANC) critics should remember they too didn't get all the numbers expected at their launch.

Thousands of men and women in blue made their way to the Rand Stadium on Saturday where the party laid out its plans for local government

The party says part of the reason in choosing Gauteng to launch its manifesto is because it's eyeing three metros, Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg and Tshwane.

The DA expected over 20,000 people to attend its manifesto launch at the weekend, but not all the seats were full.

The Rand Stadium seats 13,500 people.

DA spokesperson Refilwe Ntshekhe says the ANC naysayers should remember they too didn't fill the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

"We're realistic, we know that more people would have loved to come to our manifesto but because of resources we couldn't have more people there."

While political analyst professor Sipho Seepe says the attendance is a reflection of support and another analyst, Professor Lesiba Tefo says stadium numbers can't be trusted.

The analysts say the DA's manifesto launch didn't do enough for it to secure the Gauteng votes.

Seepe said the party should prove it will prioritise historically disadvantaged areas.

"Ultimately if you want to win the black votes, because they've reached a ceiling with white voters, you need to prove that you've made a difference in black lives."


The party's leader Mmusi Maimane at the weekend lashed out at the ANC for delivering empty promises and criticised the Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) approach on steering the country.

Maimane was passionate when he addressed supporters at the Rand Stadium, pointing out why the ANC has failed the people.

"The ANC governs as if black lives don't matter."

Maimane said the best municipalities in the country are run by the DA and they're committed to transforming cities and metros.

"When we take power in Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay, it will not be through the barrel of a gun. It will be as a result of millions of South Africans coming together and casting their votes at the ballot box."

Maimane said South Africans have a chance this August to vote for a party that delivers and a party that can be held accountable for its actions.