'We want to stop corruption'

The DA says that being in the front line of running three metros has readied the party for a realignment in the country’s politics which will revolve around coalition governments.

FILE: DA leader Mmusi Maimane addresses Mitchells Plain residents, while doing door-to-door campaigning in the area. The visit was part of the DA's #Change19 tour. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says running metros in Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay has prepared the party for a national coalition government in 2019.

Maimane was speaking in Soweto on Thursday where the party marked exactly a year since taking over the metros from the African National Congress (ANC) with the help of other opposition parties.

The DA says that being in the front line of running the three metros has readied the party for a realignment in the country’s politics which Maimane believes will revolve around coalition governments.

“You’ve trusted us with local government, you will soon be able to trust us with national government so we can show that all the resources of our people are designed to work for the people, not for the politicians.”

He says the metros are a good example of how the party will run a government in 2019.

“We want to stop corruption, we want to create work for our people and we want to act to deliver basic services.”

Maimane downplayed tensions among coalition partners in Nelson Mandela Bay and Mogale City, saying issues in the metros are being dealt with.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)