Launching the DA’s theme, “We Deliver for All”, Zille insisted that the May 18 municipal poll had little to do with race, and added that the DA would focus on service delivery as its primary concern.
“This election is not a contest between race groups. For too long, we have used elections as a way of expressing racial identity and racial solidarity. We must make the issues the issue,” said Zille, who addressed thousands of DA faithfuls at the Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, Soweto.
“Our record where we govern proves that the DA is actually delivering. When we say we deliver for all, we really mean for all,” she said, citing the DA-run municipalities such as the City of Cape Town, Midvaal in Gauteng and Baviaans in Eastern Cape as being examples of “the best for service delivery”.
By contrast, she singled out the northern Gauteng municipality of Nokeng Tsa Taemane, near the Limpopo border, accusing the ANC of running it into the ground.
“This was the direct result of the choice voters made in the 2006 elections (when the ANC won the area from the DA),” she said, calling on voters to “break free” from voting for the same party.
“If you usually vote for the ANC in the national election, the local election is your chance to do something different. If you live in a DA-governed municipality, you already know the difference the DA can make,” she said.
Zille stressed that poverty was the greatest obstacle to overcome. She explained that to beat poverty, jobs had to be created, which required a huge boost in economic growth.
She added that her party’s manifesto also emphasised the fight against corruption, saying that corruption scared off investors and made poor people even poorer.
Zille said that the DA did not use cadre deployment.
“That is why all DA councillors and mayors are nominated according to their fitness for the purpose, not their political links,” she said.