It is no news that the African National Congress (ANC) ‘disappointed’ many South Africans, especially the party’s opposition groups, who mocked them for putting up an event that pulled few supporters. In fact, according to critics, its failure to garner numerous supporters indicated that it is apparently suffering from ‘supporters deficit’.
Be that as it may, many people are no longer in hurry to pour further blames and disappointment on the ANC. Many chose to reserve their comments until the see the number of supporters the Democratic Alliance (DA) would pull.
However, as it stands now, DA supporters have started filling the 30‚000-seater Rand Stadium in Johannesburg for the DA’s biggest election manifesto launch in the party’s history. The stadium gradually got packed up with South Africans dressed in blue, eager to hear the DA’s plans for the upcoming local government elections. Supporters were entertained by local acts and music in between speeches.
The Gauteng Provincial leader, John Moody, was seen welcoming thousands of DA supporters at the stadium. The party earlier stated that it’s expecting more than 20,000 people to attend the launch. It also expressed confidence that it would be victorious in the three major cities in Gauteng, including Tshwane, Johannesburg and the city of Ekurhulen.
Reacting to the situation on ground, DA’s Refiloe Ntsekge expressed satisfaction with the thousands of seats already filled.
“We don’t take South African for granted and we know we’re still going to go out there between now and the election to reinforce our messages, so come elections South Africans are sure who they’re voting for.”
She added that supporters so eager to hear from party leader Mmusi Maimane, who expected to flesh out plans towards creating jobs, stopping corruption and delivering quality services.
DA Supporters Expected To Fill The Stadium
The party also boasted to have a fuller stadium than the ANC did at its manifesto launch in Port Elizabeth last week. DA’s Trollip gladly noted that his party has consistently increased its votes and that he’s confident it will win over some of the big metros. He said:
“The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro is the metro where the African National Congress (ANC) has been brought below 50 percent; Tshwane is very vulnerable and so is the City of Johannesburg.”
He also slammed the ruling party, stating that the poor attendance at the ANC’s manifesto launch last weekend depicts lack of trust, confidence and hope from supporters.
“The empty stadium at Nelson Mandela Bay is a reflection of people across society who have had enough of empty promises, Trollip said.
Meanwhile, as part of the programme for the event, the DA’s mayoral candidates for Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Bay will be addressing supporters with their offer.
Yesterday, the ANC secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe bemoaned the rate at which the party is losing it supporters. Speaking at the memorial service of the ANC crash victims, Mantashe said;
“…we (ANC) have what I call ‘the trust deficit’… Black people begin to doubt whether we can be trusted, whether they can have confidence in the ANC. It is our duty, comrades, to go back to the people of South Africa everywhere (and) reaffirm the ANC”