Vuyisile Mini Square, Port Elizabeth hosted an overwhelming number of Democratic Alliance (DA) supporters; who took to the square on Saturday to show their excitement about DA’s smashing victory in the just concluded municipal elections.
The square, clouded with blue colour, pooled hundreds of supporters from diverse creeds and colours; who sang happily about the DA; praising the party’s leader, Mmusi Maimane and mayor-elect, Athol Trollip.
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The Democratic Alliance biggest victory is in ANC’s traditional base – Nelson Mandela Bay. The opposition party impressively knocked off the ANC after it smiled home with 46.5% of the votes while the ANC pooled 41.6%.
The party also won 93 out of 214 seats in Tshwane metro with 43.58% of the total votes while the ANC garnered 89 seats with 41.66% of the total votes.
While the mammoth supporters waited for DA leaders at Vuyisile Mini Square, they chanted happily; “Mmusi, Mmusi Mmusi” ; “Athol, Athol Athol!; Amandla; awethu” and “phansi ANC”.
The excited crowd also patted one another’s back, holding hands and hugging one another. When the two awaited victorious figures landed in front of City Hall, the crowds erupted in loud applause.
DA Leaders Arrive Vuyisile Mini Square
Speaking at the podium, Maimane thanked the people for voting for the party. Making reference to Nelson Mandela; he said people would be entitled to municipal services irrespective of the party they voted for.
“When I look out over the people gathered here, I can see that the dream of Tata Nelson Mandela is strong and alive. A South Africa where black, white, Indian and coloured can stand together to build a South Africa for all.
When we started here, they said it would be impossible, you will never do it, but as Tata [Mandela] said, it always seems impossible, until it’s done,” he said.
The opposition leader reminded the audience that Utata Trollip is not the mayor of any party rather he is the mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay.
Making a little contribution, Trollip said DA victory will not only stop corruption or improve the economy to create jobs; it will also downplay speculations by the ANC that it will revive apartheid if it wins. The mayor-elect however promised to scrutinize corrupt officials.
“As the DA grows and the ANC is whittled down to size, you will all be better off,” Trollip said.