DA to hold its closing rally in Soweto today

The DA is set on winning many metros and municipalities across the country in this year’s election.

Democratic Alliance leaders leading a march on 16 June 2016. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) will be holding its closing rally at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto today.

Thousands of DA supporters are expected to gather at the stadium where mayoral candidates and DA leader Mmusi Maimane will emphasise what the party can do for voters.

The municipal election will take place on Wednesday.

The DA's Phetogo closing rally will take place in Soweto today, where mayoral candidates have been mobilising community members.

The opposition party is set on winning many metros and municipalities across the country in this year's election, vowing to bring change that creates jobs.

The DA says voters have a choice, to stick with President Jacob Zuma and the African National Congress (ANC)'s corruption, division and joblessness or to get the country working again with a new government.

The programme is expected to kick off at 11:30.

Meanwhile, Solly Msimanga, the DA Tshwane mayoral candidate, said the party's diverse councillor candidate list reflects late president Nelson Mandela's dream of a non-racial South Africa.

Yesterday, the party unveiled its candidate list for Tshwane, which is said to be one of the most hotly contested metros in next week's elections.

Msimanga said the party will root out corruption, create jobs and tackle the scourge of drug abuse if it takes over the municipality.

The main opposition said it believes it will win the capital city which saw violent protests last month after the ANC elected Thoko Didiza as its mayoral candidate, against the will of many residents.

Msimanga said the DA is ready to take over Tshwane.

"We are saying that we represent the most diverse group from different backgrounds, races and expertise. We are waiting to serve the people of Tshwane and we're waiting on the people to give us the mandate on 3 August."