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DA releases candidate lists for 2019 elections

News24
17 Mar 2019, 06:37 GMT+10

The Democratic Alliance has released its list of candidates for the National Assembly and provincial legislatures ahead of the 2019 general elections.

As expected, party leader Mmusi Maimane tops the list, while stand-out figures John Steenhuisen, Natasha Mazzone, James Selfe, Mike Waters and Glynnis Breytenbach also feature among the top names.

Gwen Ngwenya, who resigned as the party's head of policy in January, is also named on the list.

The DA is the last of the country's three largest parties to release its lists ahead of the May 8 elections.

The ANC and the EFF released their full list earlier this week.

DA federal executive chair James Selfe said South Africans will have until month end to object to nominated candidates after the Independent Electoral Commission releases party lists.

"Our lists are direct in every sense. Race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, skill set, geography, class, youth and experience."

Corruption and big men politics had characterized the past 20 years in the counties democracy,he said.

Selfe added that stage four load shedding that was announced by Eskom on Saturday was a sign the country was heading to total national blackouts, another example of the ANC's failures.

"President Cyril Ramaphosa's appointment of deputy president David Mabuza to head up the task team to rescue Eskom is further evidence that the ANC does not know how to deal with this broken power utility."

During the press briefing, Selfe was as accompanied by several candidates from diverse backgrounds throughout the country.

One of the candidates, Lerato Tsolo, 21, who is part of the party's Free State provincial list, said she applied because she has a strong passion for social development.

Tsolo said she did not feel her voice resigned with the past National Assembly and provincial legislature representatives.

"Based on that I availed myself so that I too, can humbly become a voice and a representation for young people. To take the plight of young people forward because I don't think it's fair that in a democratic dispensation we can have young people who don't have access to universities. Who don't have access to jobs..."

Selfe disputed a recent poll by the ruling party that it may be rescued by white voters in the Gauteng province.

He said he believes Ramaphosa's attractive offers to the public such as a reduction of his cabinet had never been implemented.

"I honestly believe white voters and all voters in South Africa will increasingly come to the conclusion that there might be a new driver but it is the same old bus."

Parties contesting this year's national and provincial polls had to submit their lists to the Independent Electoral Commission by the close of business on Wednesday.

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