Acting DA leader John Steenhuisen kicked off his campaign to be elected full-time party leader at the DA’s federal congress in Midrand in the last weekend of May.
Nearly five hundred people from across the Western Cape attended the rally, which was also broadcast live over the Internet. Several MPs from across the country, as well as the DA leader in the Ethekwini Metro in Durban, Nicole Graham, attended the rally.
The leaders of the Western Cape’s western region, Erik Marais, and the eastern region, Jaco Londt, were accompanied by several of their supportive councilors.
In his address, Steenhuisen said he would again make the DA a winning party. He said one of the things the DA has struggled in the past to show how to solve past racial discrimination in a non-racial way.
“It is essential that a wealth test is used so that only the poor people of all races are helped. Otherwise, you get the situation that Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa becomes a billionaire within a few years while most black people remain poor – 99.8% of the country’s poorest people are black, brown and Indian, ”Steenhuisen said.
He said the country was being ruled into the abyss by the ANC and suggested several policy alternatives, from crime management to education.
“Where things are going well in this country, the DA is ruling. South Africa can only work if the DA works, ”he argued.