DA leader Mmusi Maimane and his wife Natalie on Wednesday morning patiently waited in a queue to cast his vote in the local government elections.
The couple queued behind other voters at Allen Glen High School in Randburg, where Maimane completed his matric. The school was being used as a voting station.
“DA is feeling good and strong. We are looking forward to today as it’s a historic day for South Africans. It puts to test democracy and reminds everyone that voting is the most powerful weapon,” Maimane said.
He said by voting for the DA, people were choosing a government that would create jobs and deliver services and ultimately cut corruption.
“We’ve done everything we can, and it has been an exciting election,” said the 36-year-old DA leader. He said he was not nervous and was “looking forward to the results”.
DA being the governing ward in Weltevreden, Maimane said he hoped people would keep the ward blue.
“They must come out and vote. There’s a lot of challenges in Weltevreden Park, but we’ve got to govern the city so we can ensure development,” Maimane said.
He, however, said Weltevreden was a privileged area and that meant the DA’s priority was to provide resources for the people who had been left behind.
While casting his vote Maimane appeared cheerful. He even jokingly asked an IEC official if he could show the photographers his ballot paper – the request was politely turned down.
“We are the only alternative for South Africans, we are going out for a full win and [to] govern outright, we’re confident we can take the ANC below 50%,” Maimane said.
Maimane said he hoped his party would take over Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay. The DA runs Cape Town.
– African News Agency (ANA)