National 9.8.2016 11:55 am

‘Jesus came for Zuma in Tshwane’

From left, Gauteng Provincial Leader of the Democratic Alliance John Moodey, Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy and Gauteng Premier David Makhura march alongside hundreds of women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, 9 August 2014, as part of South Africa's Women's Day celebrations. In 1956 20 000 women of all races marched to the government headquarters demanding the banning of pass books. Picture: Michel Bega

From left, Gauteng Provincial Leader of the Democratic Alliance John Moodey, Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy and Gauteng Premier David Makhura march alongside hundreds of women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, 9 August 2014, as part of South Africa's Women's Day celebrations. In 1956 20 000 women of all races marched to the government headquarters demanding the banning of pass books. Picture: Michel Bega

The DA is celebrating its electoral win in the city at the same time that the president is addressing a Union Buildings Women’s Day event.

Jesus came for President Jacob Zuma and his cronies in Tshwane, according to the DA’s John Moodey.

He was speaking during the party’s election victory rally held at Freedom Park in Tshwane, where the DA won the most votes from last week’s local government elections. He thanked everyone who voted for the DA.

His anti-Zuma barb was a reference to the latter’s famous and much repeated statement that the ANC would rule until the second coming of Jesus Christ.

“With change in government comes responsibility and we will go out in the streets with the message that says let us change Tshwane for the better.

Picture: Steven Tau

Picture: Steven Tau

“We are going to change things for the better,” he said.

He recalled the day when the DA won Cape Town, saying many ANC leaders woke up with headaches.

“We told them that we will win Tshwane and they asked what we were drinking and smoking.

“I have news for the ANC today – for as long as I am going to be a leader of the DA in Gauteng, all elected leaders will be expected to perform and there won’t be room for laziness,” said Moodey.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane and Tshwane mayor elect Solly Msimanga are also expected to address the hundreds of DA supporters attending the celebration rally who converged on Freedom Park in Pretoria to celebrate the party’s performance in the recently concluded local government elections.

Although the party did not win governing majorities in Nelson Mandela Bay and the Tshwane metros, the DA under the leadership of Mmusi Maimane surprised many in this year’s polls, reducing the ANC to below 50% of the polls in several key metros.

Party supporters dressed in their blue-and-white regalia could be seen arriving in many taxis, chanting and dancing to liberation songs.

Maimane said the party had started to get smaller parties on board for a coalition.

Until last week, the capital was governed by the ANC. In the run-up to the vote it saw violent protests as members went on the rampage to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the nomination of Thoko Didiza as their mayoral candidate.

The unrest left five people dead and saw thousands of shops looted.

Lehlogonolo Kunene, 34, from Mamelodi who came with his three-year-old son, said he was excited over DA’s win. “I’m very happy that we have won, I have hope that the DA will deliver as promised. We gave the ANC a chance and they failed us, we don’t trust them anymore,” he said.

Members danced, blew whistles and sang songs praising the mayoral candidate Solly Msimanga while they waited for him to come and address them.

President Jacob Zuma was expected to address the main Women’s Day event at the nearby Union Buildings.

Additional reporting by African News Agency (ANA)

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