DA leader John Steenhuisen on Monday said his party was on track to contest the municipal elections later this year.
This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the upcoming local government elections will officially take place on October 27.
“We’ve been working hard to be in a position to wage our election campaign in these unusual circumstances we still find ourselves in and, come 27 October, every voter in South Africa will know what the DA stands for and what we offer them in local government,” said Steenhuisen.
However, at the weekend, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni caused a stir on social media, when he spoke against holding elections amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Postpone this thing and save lives!! The world won’t end!! I am not attending any rally or any face-to-face meeting,” Mboweni tweeted on Sunday.
Steenhuisen said that the DA is expected to launch its election campaign, in a virtual rally, on May 22.
“While senior ANC members like Finance Minister Tito Mboweni are putting out messages on social media asking for the elections to be postponed, and the EFF are still dithering about their readiness to contest the elections, the DA has none of these issues. We are neither distracted nor confused,” said Steenhuisen.
He further said the only way to effect real change in South Africa was through the ballot.
Steenhuisen urged South Africans to sign a pledge to bring about change in the country.
“Those who still try to divide us and turn us against each other don’t have South Africa’s best interest at heart.
“Those who campaign for a retreat, back into little corners of racial and cultural solidarity, are taking our democratic project backwards. When the DA speaks of change, we mean change that benefits every single South African and every single community,” said Steenhuisen.
Steenhuisen said ANC was corrupt to the core and voters should vote the party out of power at the upcoming municipal elections.
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s testimony at the Commission simply underlined not only the rot in his party, but also their inability to even start reining it in.
“More than three years into his administration, there is no sign of government corruption letting up, and no one has yet been held accountable for any of the decades-long looting, despite an almost comical litany of promises these past three years by the President himself to tackle corruption. This is why the change will have to come from outside the ANC,” said Steenhuisen.
“Here they will be able to signal their readiness to roll up their sleeves and help build our country into a South Africa that works for all and not just some, a South Africa that’s not divided up into small homogeneous communities and parties only looking out for only their own interests, a South Africa that is safe and economically prosperous, where every citizen can build a meaningful life and provide for their family.”