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High stakes have nudged the DA to dispatch party strongman Mmusi Maimane to go door-to-door in Vaalwater, ahead of by-elections scheduled for Wednesday 2 Auguast.
The youthful liberal wasted no time in reminding ward one and three (Leseding Secttion) residents they had serious challenges under an ANC-led Modimolle-Mookgophong Local Municipality, before the DA-led coalition took over.
He urged potential voters to use their vote “to keep making progress” by sending the ANC packing through the by-elections.
Maimane later addressed a packed Leseding Community Hall, flanked by DA Limpopo leader, Jacques Smalle. Modimolle Mookgophong Mayor Marlene van Staden, Chief Whip, Dingaan Motswene, and ward one candidate, Eric Aphane.
The political irony to the narrative was that just over a week ago van Staden took pride of place in the news headlines, sharing a moment of social cohesion with ANC heavyweight, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
This was on the occasion of Mandela Day last month.
In his speech, Maimane said ahead of the local government elections last year, there were certain elements who dared that the DA and lefttist parties such the EFF could not work together, which was not true.
“But I’m here today to tell you they were wrong. Because here we are in a municipality run by a DA-led coalition government, and it works. In fact, it works better than any government the towns of Modimolle, Mookgophong and Vaalwater have had before. For the first time in years, things are getting done here,” he said to loud applause.
Maimane said what brought the coalition partners together was their common concern for the welfare of the people.
9 months ago 03 August 2017