Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen led the blue party’s last election campaign ahead of the big day on 1 November. Party supporters gathered at Solomon Mahlangu Square in Mamelodi on Wednesday, 27 October, for the “United We Win Rally.”
STEENHUISEN SLAMS SMALL PARTIES
Steenhuisen took shots at the African National Congress (ANC), slammed load shedding and discouraged voters from supporting smaller parties – this has been a major theme of the DA’s election campaign because it believes a fragmented opposition vote plays into the ANC’s hands.
Competition is fierce in the nation’s capital. The DA shocked the ANC in the 2016 Local Government Elections by pushing the ruling party under 50 percent (DA 43%; ANC 41%) and assuming the role of government through a coalition.
Steenhuisen said other political parties did not matter and positioned the DA and ANC as the only worthwhile vote.
“On the 2nd of November, you are going to wake up with a DA government or an ANC government. There are only two parties of government in SA and that is the DA and the ANC,” said Steenhuisen.
This year, the DA, ANC, EFF and ActionSA have put a lot of focus on Tshwane. According to the DA’s internal polling, it is projected to earn less than 50 percent of the votes in the capital. Therefore, if it is to retain the metro the EFF or one of the “small parties” it continuously disparages will most likely have to give it a helping hand.
“Don’t mess around with these small parties, they are like one-night stands. They will never return your call after the election, and you will never see them again. Vote for a party that will look after you,” said Steenhuisen.