DA: We’re the only party strong enough to challenge ANC
The official opposition believes it’s the only party strong enough to battle the ANC in the local elections.
JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says it believes it's the only party strong enough to challenge the African National Congress (ANC) in the local government elections.
The opposition held a briefing yesterday, attended by its mayoral candidates, for the largest metros; Johannesburg, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Nelson Mandela Bay.
The DA's Athol Trollip, who is contesting the local government elections in Nelson Mandela Bay, says the polls are a two-way race between the DA and the ANC.
"The DA has been in this for long time. We've spent a lot of time as an opposition, preparing ourselves to govern. So, I won't speak for other political parties."
DA mayoral candidate for Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, says he strongly believes the party will win the large metros during the 3 August elections.
"People are reaching a point where they can't take it anymore, they've been told lies over and over again."
The party also says the people of South Africa deserve a better governing party than the ANC, which has failed to deliver services for two decades.
Meanwhile, the DA has challenged ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe to make all of the party's mayoral candidates available for debates, saying this will help South Africans decide who to vote for in the upcoming local government elections.