Leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), John Steenhuisen said the party is ready to topple the African National Congress (ANC) in the forthcoming municipal polls in November.
Steenhuisen made the declaration on Saturday while delivering the party’s local government election manifesto.
The DA leader who was speaking with optimism said the party is highly motivated and full of confidence ahead of the polls stating that it intends to unseat the ruling party (ANC) from municipalities currently under its control.
“I know how badly things are going in many municipalities… In recent months, I have visited towns across the country and I have spoken to hundreds of people. The stories they shared with me paint a very beak picture indeed,” Steenhuisen said
“We want you to visualise the potential of your town once we have evicted the ANC and replaced it with a DA government,” he said.
Steenhuisen during his speech slammed the ANC for its inability to maintain feasibility at the local level. He stressed that many of the municipalities could no longer collect revenue from residents for municipal services, such as water and electricity.
“Ours is the country where the biggest employers in town have to beg the local government for years to improve the provision of clean water [and] maintain the roads… so that business can remain viable.
“And when this doesn’t happen; when these businesses have actually had to close down and relocate elsewhere, the very same government turns round and begs them to stay.
“We cannot accept the demise of these local economies as some level of fate. These are the things that can be changed,” Steenhuisen said.