“I have the willingness, I have the ability and I have the courage to lead the DA in a new strategic direction that focuses on communicating with voters about the issues that affect them.
This has to do with jobs, safety, education, health and shelter; and do it on the basis of being a principled party, being a unified party, being a growing party, being a party with new ideas and being a winning party. And the reason I want to win is so that we can govern more, and the reason why we want to govern more is so that we can take care of the needs that are front and center in the minds of voters in South Africa”.
“I think it’s an important time in South Africa, the DA faces to be the only party that is the alternative for the people of this country.
We have to be that party that communicates a vision for South Africa, I think historically we’ve been a party that communicates what we stand against, how we oppose the ANC. Now the function is about articulating a vision for tomorrow, that vision must be about an inclusive economy. An economy where in fact South Africans who have been left out of the economy can become a part of it. It must be a vision that articulates a non-racial South Africa, South Africa where the colour of your skin does not matter. That we build the non-racial party, that without fail we must be a party that attracts activists.
I stand here today as a South African who understands the history of our country, who understands the effects of apartheid, who understands what it means to sit in a leadership place and be able to say ‘I believe that tomorrow must be better than yesterday’. So I want to articulate that vision for South Africa and grow the party going forward”.
A short history of the DA, from its position at the dawn of South Africa’s democracy to where the party finds itself today – at a crossroads with the promise of new leadership. Who is next in line to lead the Democratic Alliance?