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We remain committed to Building One South Africa for All

May 14, 2019

We would like to thank the 3, 6 million voters who entrusted the DA with the responsibility of Building One South Africa.

Further to this, we would like to thank the people of the Western Cape who bestowed upon us the role of the majority party. We will work day and night, to build on the last 10-years of good governance in the Western Cape.

When we set our 2019 elections targets, we did so under very different internal and external circumstances.

This was on the back of terrific and inspiring outcomes in 2016, where we were granted the privilege and responsibility of governing in Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane and Johannesburg, among another 30-odd municipalities, while retaining the City of Cape Town with a strong majority.

These victories gave us the momentum to launch the ’Back to the People’ and ‘Change 19’ Tours. These played a critical role in laying the foundations for the One South Africa for All 2019 General Elections Campaign.

It was in the mix of this euphoria that the terrain rapidly shifted. We were faced with internal challenges and significant changes in the political landscape, the rise nationalism on both the left and the right.

In short, both internally and externally there were matters we had to grapple with. We will be the first to state that these factors had a role to play in our electoral fortunes. As the DA we are holding the moderate non-racial centre ground; an important position in the rise of populism.

As members of the Federal Executive, which controls and directs the activities of the Party, and implements the decisions of the Federal Council, we all take responsibility for the outcomes of elections – whether good or bad. That burden does not sit on the shoulders of an individual.

There has been much speculation about the future of our Leader, Mmusi Maimane. We would like to state that Mr Maimane remains our leader until a Federal Congress, scheduled for 2021 decides otherwise.

Any talk of a change of a leadership change before a Federal Congress must be dispelled. As the Leadership of the Party, at both a National and Provincial Level, we are unambiguous in our support for Mr Maimane who has led the DA with exemption since the 2015 Nelson Mandela Bay Federal Congress, and his unopposed election in 2018.

One South Africa for All is not just a slogan, it is a call to action, which we will continue to dispense alongside our values of Freedom, Fairness, Opportunity and Diversity. Whether in opposition or in government, we will continue to Build One South Africa for All.

We will never celebrate the loss of voters. We are not blind to support in some areas nor are we deaf to the voices of those who chose to support another party in this election.

Where the losses occurred, we will work on regaining the trust of the people as we head into the 2021 Local Government Elections, this starts with two by-elections taking place in Nelson Mandela Bay as early as Wednesday; this will be the start of winning back the Bay.

This morning, the Western Cape Provincial Leader, Bonginkosi Madikizela, stated that we must be on the ground working with the people of South Africa and always keep them informed; and our Leadership from the top to the branches on the ground will do exactly that.

Equally, the best way to celebrate our victory in the Western Cape is to intensify the delivery of services and building a more inclusive economy.

Where we have made inroads in new communities, we will strengthen those bonds. We do not underestimate the bravery many showed when they cast their vote next to the DA for the very first time. Once again, we thank you.

There will be a review of the organisational structure and how we can best operate as a party that occupies governments that serve around 15-million people, and the way we campaign. This review will be in consultation with all stakeholders of the Party.

In closing, we are evermore committed to Building One South Africa and reject racial mobilisation. We believe that the prosperous dream of 1994 can be made a reality, even if it is difficult.

That is the nature of change, as we have seen in the past, it is difficult but indeed it is possible.

Athol Trollip

DA Federal Chairperson

Chaos of the ANC or a fresh start under a DA government

April 14, 2019

If we want to make our votes count, then we have to understand the choice we face next month at the polls.

It’s simple: We either choose to save our country from the downward spiral we’re in, or we choose to save the fortunes of a dying party, the ANC.

That’s the choice on 8 May. Everything else is just spin.

We don’t have the luxury of time to sit this one out. If we don’t act collectively against the ANC now, we may not have this opportunity again.

If we don’t turn the tide now, our country and our economy may not survive long enough to try it again.

We are facing a perfect storm of immediate threats to our country.

We have almost 10 million unemployed adults. We have an economy that cannot even break through 1% GDP growth.

We have a spiralling public sector wage bill and spiralling national debt. And we have Eskom that is bleeding money and can’t keep the lights on.

Any one of these challenges on its own is enough to destabilise a country. But we have to deal with them all at once.

And if we have learnt one thing these past two decades, it is that this ANC government is simply not up to that task.

We need a brand new start under a new government that is prepared to make every bold decision needed to turn things around for us.

We need a new government that is prepared to send corrupt politicians to jail. We need a government that is prepared to stand up to the unions.

We need a new government that consists only of capable and committed people, and not deployed party loyalists.

We need a new government that recognises businesses and entrepreneurs as the heroes in the fight against unemployment, and not the enemies.

In short, we need a new government that looks to the future, instead of being stuck in the past. There is only one party in South Africa that can build and lead such a government, and that is the DA.

There is only one party that has proven itself in government and boasts an unmatched track record of delivery on issues ranging from housing and land reform to education and job creation.

There is only one party large enough, with a footprint that covers the entire South Africa, and with public representatives in every single area.

There is only one party that constantly fights for the rights of all South Africans, including minority groups.

There is only one party that conducts its own internal business without chaos, without violence and without endless court challenges.

And there is only one party that passionately defends our Constitution and the Rule of Law, and advocates for a country in which every citizen stands equal before the law.

That’s why this election has to be a choice between renewal and hope under a new DA-led government, or more of the same corruption and decay under this old ANC government.

It is a choice is between chaos and order – between criminality and the Rule of Law.

It is a choice between tearing down our country to feed the greed of the ruling mob, or building South Africa into a safe, prosperous and inclusive country that is shared by all.

You can find evidence of this choice all around us. Right now, large parts of South Africa are reeling from so-called shutdown protests.

We saw this in Alexandra in Johannesburg. We saw this in Tshwane. We saw violent protests in Khayelitsha. We saw marches in Midvaal.

What do these places have in common? They are all governed by the DA. And behind all these actions you will find the hand of the ANC, trying its best to cause chaos and disorder in the run-up to the election.

They are waging a poorly disguised campaign of ungovernability across multiple DA-run cities at once because they hope this will distract voters from their own failures.

It is sheer desperation that causes a party to act in this way. And this is not the first time they have done this. Back in 2016, when they lost Gauteng metros to DA-led coalitions, the ANC could see the writing on the wall.

They weren’t only losing politically, they were losing financially too. They were losing access to tenders and procurement contracts. The feeding trough was closing down for them, and so the ANC mob set Tswhane alight.

They also knew that what happened in metros in 2016 would surely be repeated in provinces in 2019. And this is why the DA-run parts of Gauteng are burning again, along with parts of DA-run Cape Town. This is what it looks like when a failed liberation movement faces the prospect of losing power.

And throughout all of this, President Ramaphosa is pretending that none of it is happening.

As the country burns at the hands of his party, he continues to float around South Africa in his own little bubble, seemingly isolated from the crimes of his party and from the failures of his government.

He continues to sell the idea that he has nothing to do with the ANC of Magashule and Mabuza, and that he has nothing to do with the ANC that plundered Eskom to the point of collapse and dragged our economy to the edge of the cliff. He presents himself as something entirely different to that ANC.

But he is not. They are one and the same. He even operates in the exact same shady way as his predecessor, as we have seen in the evidence of dirty Bosasa money flowing to both him and his son. He is the ANC and the ANC is him.

I know some will tell you that you have all sorts of other magical choices on the ballot paper. They will say you can somehow sidestep the rest of the criminal ANC and vote only for Cyril Ramaphosa.

This is completely untrue, of course. If you make your mark next to the ANC, then you get everything the ANC stands for.

Regardless of what you may think of Cyril Ramaphosa, a vote for the ANC will give you Land Expropriation Without Compensation.

A vote for the ANC will give you the disastrous National Health Insurance. A vote for the ANC will give you SADTU in schools and deployed cadres on the boards of SOEs.

Then there are others who will tell you that you need to vote for a small party that looks just like you, talks just like you and only cares about the exact same things as you do.

This is also a big mistake, as a vote for such a party will do nothing to stop the ANC and replace them with a credible government.

These parties are often on the political extremes, and they mobilise races against each other. They thrive on the divisions that exist in our society. They drive wedges between us and force these divisions even wider.

That cannot possibly be the future of our country. Our only hope as a nation is if we remain united – strengthened in our diversity. And so we need to find common ground and rally around the values that unite us, not those that push us apart and drive us back into separate corners.

That is why the future of this great country lies in coalition politics, and more specifically, a DA-led coalition government.

I have said on many occasions that the DA is prepared to work with any party that shares the core principles around which we want to build South Africa.

These are non-racialism, the Rule of Law, Constitutionalism, zero tolerance for corruption, a Capable State and a market-driven economy.

Everything else can be worked around or negotiated. We don’t have to agree on every single thing. But with those core principles in place, we can build a government and a state that can truly serve the people and act in their interest.

But if we’re going to do this, we are going to have to do it now. We can’t afford to waste any time, and we can’t afford for any precious votes to be wasted.

Yes, the DA is not perfect. No party is. The DA may not fulfil every single need you have. No party will. But the DA is honest, accountable, capable, caring and big enough to challenge the ANC. And that should be enough reason to put your trust in us.

Lend us your vote next month, and we will do all we can to pull South Africa back from the brink. We will do all we can to right the wrongs that this ANC government has committed.

We will do all we can to get our economy back on its feet and creating precious jobs – jobs that can be accessed fairly by all South Africans, regardless of their connections or party affiliation.

We will do all we can to keep communities – both urban and rural – safe from harm through a professional and honest Police Service

We will do all we can to protect the interests of our country and its people by securing our borders and ensuring effective border control.

We will do all we can to root out all corruption, and send those politicians found guilty to jail for 15 years.

We will do all we can to speed up the delivery of services to all communities across the country.

That is my pledge to you today.

If the DA should let you down and fall short of your expectation, then you must take your vote back again. Because that’s where the power of our democracy lies. But first give us the chance to prove ourselves.

I assure you, a DA government will work harder than anyone else at building one prosperous and safe South Africa for all its people.

Regards

Mmusi

Would you like a job with the DA?

March 10, 2019

FIXED TERM CONTRACT ENDING ONE DAY AFTER THE GENERAL ELECTION IN 2019 OR 31 MAY 2019, WHICHEVER DAY COMES FIRST

Field Operator
Eastern Cape
Port Elizabeth

Bethelsdorp – Ref: EC-FO-002 (b)

Please note only applications reflecting the reference number will be considered.

The above position now exists within the Democratic Alliance. The DA is looking to recruit self-motivated and goal driven individuals at our Provincial Head Office based in Eastern Cape.

The successful candidate will report directly to the Group Campaign Coordinator and with an indirect reporting line to the Provincial Campaign Operations Manager.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:
• Assisting the Unit Campaign Organisers to build the field campaign infrastructure the DA needs to achieve its objectives in 2019
• Providing Community Teams with the required logistical support to facilitate their effective campaigning
• Providing assistance for constituency and Ward report back meetings
• Providing any other assistance with campaigns and events
• Provide the logistical assistance and enabling support that Teams need to contact voters with a view to, in this order: build relationships with voters, understand their issues, register new DA supporters, persuade voters to support the DA, mobilize DA supporters to turn out to vote, and run community events.

Prospective applicants should meet the following requirements:

• A commitment to the principles, policies and programme of action of the DA
• Proven leadership skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships within the Party
• The preferred candidate must be completely outcomes orientated and not simply task orientated
• Ability to build trust and relationships within a community
• Excellent communication skills
• Excellent organizational abilities
• Proven record of initiative and problem solving.
• The ability to apply sound political judgment and the ability to identify key issues
relevant to communities
• Excellent administrative skills and attention to detail
• Proficiency in more than one language
• Computer literacy is essential
• An ability to work effectively and energetically around a demanding work schedule
• Willing to work long and irregular hours

Should you meet the above requirements and be interested, kindly forward your completed application form, copy of ID, 2 page CV and 1 page cover letter motivating why you wish to be employed by the Democratic Alliance and a certified copy of your driver’s license, where applicable to Ashleigh Brooks, Democratic Alliance, Federal
Head Office, PO Box 1475, Cape Town, 8000. Tel No: (021) 465 1431, Fax No: 086 461 5105 or e-mail: applicationscapetown@da.org.za.

Kindly note that any application received without the required documentation will not be considered.
Please note that correspondence will only be conducted with shortlisted candidates.

Should you not hear from us within 30 days of closing date please consider your application unsuccessful. Please also note that we reserve the right not to make any appointments.

Kindly further note that the Party will not require applicants to pay any amount or undergo any health-related tests, to be shortlisted.

Closing Date: 14 March 2019

DA reports Mngxitama to Human Rights Commission over “kill whites” comments

December 11, 2018

The DA will be reporting Andile Mngxitama to the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) and the Equality Court in terms of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (PEPUDA) for comments in which he incites violence against white South Africans.

The Equality Court in terms of PEPUDA Chapter 2, sections 6 and 7, states that “no person may unfairly discriminate against any person on the ground of race, including – (a) the dissemination of any propaganda or idea, which propounds the racial superiority of inferiority of any person, including incitement to, or participation in, any form of violence; (b) the engagement in any activity which is intended to promote, or has the effect of promoting, exclusivity, based on race”.

Further to this, the DA North West Provincial Leader, Joe McGluwa, will lay charges against Mngxitima for incitement of imminent violence. We cannot allow Mngxitama’s comments and actions to go unchallenged.
Institutions of the state empowered to investigate and prosecute on matters of this nature have a duty to act.

In a speech delivered at a BLF rally in Potchefstroom on 9 December, and in a series of tweets thereafter, Mngxitama launched into a tirade against businessman Johann Rupert, saying inter alia “if he hires his taxi bosses to kill one black we shall kill five whites” and “[w]e will go to the white suburbs and avenge each black life.”

To view the video in which Mngxitama makes his comments, click here. Evidence of Mngxitama’s remarks on Twitter can be viewed here, here, here and here.

This will not be the first time BLF and their leader find themselves knee-deep in hate speech allegations. This behaviour is undoubtedly a trend characteristic of the BLF, as is clearly evident based on their track record over the past 2 years. In 2018 alone, the following comes to light:

• The BLF have been accused of hate speech by the South African Human Rights Commission, who have simultaneously recommended that the party be prevented from contesting the 2019 elections on the grounds that they have made statements violating the Electoral Act;

• Spokesperson Lindsay Maasdorp has come under fire for his posting on both Facebook and Twitter that “I have aspirations to kill white people, and this must be achieved!”; and

• Earlier this year, a female lawyer was branded racist by BLF members and attacked in Johannesburg – when EWN asked Mngxitama to comment on the incident, he responded by saying he did not know why she was labelled as racist by BLF members, but that he supported their actions in attacking her and believed whatever they had to say.

These acts follow the BLF’s behaviour patterns last year, namely in September 2017, when Mngxitama tweeted: “For those claiming the legacy of the holocaust is ONLY negative, think about the lampshades and Jewish soap”. This was followed with another tweet: “the aroma of the burning flesh from the furnace of the holocaust may wet the appetite of the SA cannibals”.

The national director of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) Wendy Kahn said the board was seeking orders from court to find Mngxitama in violation of the Equality Act for hate speech, harassment, and to find him guilty of unfair discrimination. Mngxitama responded to these moves by Kahn by stating that the SAJBD was displaying white supremacist tendencies.

South Africa belongs to all who live in it. There is no place for race-based incitement of violence and those who engage in hate speech should be investigated and prosecuted with the full might of the law. We cannot turn a blind eye to or diminish the seriousness of Mngxitama’s naked racism, hate speech and incitement.

The DA will continue to fight for the rights of all South Africans – black and white. We are the only party that will build One South Africa for All and bring the much-needed change South Africans so desperately deserve.

DA calls for Auditor-General to urgently investigate alleged corruption in Nelson Mandela Bay

September 21, 2018

Yesterday, 20 September 2018, I requested the Auditor-General (AG), Kimi Makwetu, to urgently investigate allegations of corruption levelled against me during my tenure as Executive Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

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These allegations were made in a letter written by Mr Bantu Holomisa, president of the UDM, to the Auditor General on 24 October 2017. The same allegations were also levelled against Mr Johann Mettler, Nelson Mandela Bay City Manager.

Mr Holomisa requested the AG’s intervention in various matters regarding PWC’S forensic investigations into alleged irregular payments and the employment of litter pickers. Mr Holomisa also recently wrote an open public letter to the AG, making a range of sweeping allegations of corruption against myself and Mr Mettler.

I have written to the AG and implored him, as a matter of public importance, to urgently proceed with the requested investigation. I have also committed myself and my former employees in the mayoral office to cooperate fully in such an investigation.

If the AG goes ahead with this investigation, he will have to arrange access to the Public Health Standing Committee reports in relation to litter pickers and EPWP appointments, the MPAC report related to these matters as well as the final PWC reports. The other important report in this regard is the draft report compiled by Deloitte about the IPTS corruption saga.

I have undertaken to provide the AG with all the available correspondence, documentation and evidence that I have at my disposal.

Furthermore, I also advised Mr Makwetu that more evidence is coming to light with regard to corruption linked to some of the contracts that were stopped after my election as Mayor.
This evidence is crucial in linking certain individuals directly to corrupt dealings.

Athol Trollip

Municipal offices to close early today

April 23, 2018

The Kouga Municipal offices will close at 1 p.m today (23 April) to allow staff to attend the memorial service of our late Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen which will take place at 2 p.m.

The memorial service will take place at Mentors Kraal on the outskirts of Jeffreys Bay and is open to the public to attend. All our DA family are welcome to attend.

Van Lingen passed away last Thursday after a long fight with cancer.

She became Mayor of Kouga after the DA won the local government election in 2016.

Maimane confronts ‘puppet’ allegations head on

April 9, 2018

DA Leader Mmusi Maimane confronted racist remarks, alleging that he is not in control of the DA and merely a puppet at the DA National Congress in Pretoria yesterday.

“They even say that I am a puppet of white people and, if we win an election, I will be replaced by a white person.

The truth is that I will never be black enough for them. Because they don’t want black people to think for themselves.

They want black people to remain trapped in the politics of race because this is what keeps the ANC in power,” said Maimane.

He criticized the ANC’s fear of a new generation of black leaders who would reject the ANC’s own nationalism and think differently.

Maimane stressed further that his blackness does not add or subtract from his humanity or define him.

He calls for a new agenda for African liberalism that prioritises social welfare and grows the economy in order to lift the majority of South Africans out of poverty.

 

Council to meet monthly with Eskom about Thyspunt

November 28, 2016

Following a successful joint meeting, the new Kouga Council and Eskom have agreed to meet monthly to share information and key milestones on the proposed nuclear development at Thyspunt.

Kouga Executive Mayor Elza van Lingen said the municipality met with senior management from Eskom last week to improve communication between the power utility and Council around Thyspunt. The Eskom delegation was led by Nuclear Programme Director Loyiso Tyabashe.

Thyspunt is the preferred site for a proposed Nuclear Power Station

Thyspunt is the preferred site for a proposed Nuclear Power Station

“The proposed nuclear plant at Thyspunt is probably the biggest development Kouga will ever see, should it receive the go-ahead,” she said.

“Kouga and its people cannot be caught unprepared should this happen. The impact it will have on our communities is massive and cannot be taken lightly. Everyone needs to be fully informed as to where we are and where we are going.”

Eskom’s Nuclear Programme Director Loyiso Tyabashe said: “We are encouraged by the success of this engagement with the Kouga Municipality. Such partnership will enable us to take key stakeholders with us through the journey and help us understand the needs and capacity of the municipality as we await a decision on the project.”

The Mayor emphasized that “the new Council is not against nuclear power per se, but there is no way that we are going to allow Kouga’s people to be disadvantaged by whatever development takes place in our region.”

“Our infrastructure, be it water and sewer or healthcare services, is nowhere near ready for the impact a development of this nature will have on our area,” she cautioned.

Tyabashe said it was important to note that Eskom will work with Kouga Municipality and other key stakeholders to address infrastructural needs so as to get the municipality ready to host the project.

“We want to ensure that we have a commitment from all roleplayers, including other government sectors, to address these shortcomings should the development get the go-ahead. Eskom will support whatever is deemed necessary and appropriate to ensure that the project succeeds,” added Tyabashe.

The Mayor said she was pleased with the outcomes of the new Council’s engagements with Eskom.

“Eskom committed to being transparent and acknowledged that Kouga has an important role to play in all processes regarding Thyspunt.”

She said the Council wanted to encourage all residents and affected parties to take an active interest in the proposed nuclear development and to participate in meetings, hearings and structures intended to facilitate public participation.

Tyabashe concurred, indicating that it was just as important for Eskom that all interested and affected parties had their say in the process leading to the approval and delivery of the project.

“We have followed the process set out by the National Nuclear Regulator and international best practice to ensure that we do not leave key stakeholders outside in the process of getting approvals for the project.”

The new Council and Eskom committed to ensure that Kouga Municipality and its people do not miss on opportunities that would be presented by this nuclear project should it proceed. The next meeting is planned for December and decisions will be communicated to the people of Kouga.

Power cuts to Tokyo Sexwale tomorrow

June 22, 2016

The power to Tokyo Sexwale and the adjacent sections of Pellsrus will be switched off this Thursday, 23 June, from 8am to 4pm.

The shutdown is necessary to connect a new electrical line to the network.

“We don’t anticipate the power being off for the whole period but it is difficult to predict exactly how long the work will take,” said the Kouga Municipality in a statement.

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Water For Votes Scandal: DA requests urgent investigation

June 13, 2016

The DA will request an investigation into allegations that the ANC administration in Pietermaritzburg deliberately cut off the water supply so they could roll out water tankers to make it appear as though they are a responsive government which delivers services.

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This abusive conduct manipulates the most vulnerable people in South Africa.

Again, the ANC has been revealed as an organization that governs like black lives do not matter.

This is also flagrant abuse of the constitutionally guaranteed right to access to water and we contend that this amounts to a gross abuse of state resources.

This is just the latest example of how the ANC has changed. The ANC is more interested in capturing state resources than looking after vulnerable communities.

It is clear that the ANC would rather further inconvenience the poor, who are riddled with joblessness, rising food prices and the worst recorded drought in over a century, by depriving them of water before swooping in to “save the day”.

On August 3, South Africans have a chance to vote for change by voting for a party that will ensure proper service delivery and ensure the protection of the poor and vulnerable.

This is the change that will move South Africa forward again.