‘Forget about all the small parties,’ Steenhuisen tells DA supporters

John Steenhuisen addressed supporters at the DA's last rally on Saturday, ahead of the local government elections

‘Forget about all the small parties,’ Steenhuisen tells DA supporters

DA leader John Steenhuisen used his party’s final rally to urge supporters not to back any new or small parties and give them a chance instead when they head to the polls for the Local Government Elections on 1 November, 2021.

Steenhuisen addressed supporters at Mary Fitzgerald Square in Johannesburg on Saturday, 23 October.

“Forget about all the brand new parties that spring up before every single election like a field of overnight mushrooms and then fade away just as quickly afterwards. Forget about all the small parties that just don’t have the numbers to properly represent you, and certainly don’t have the numbers to keep the ANC or EFF out,” Steenhuisen said.

“Forget for a moment about all the emotional appeals from parties who will beg for your loyalty because once, long ago, they played a role in the liberation struggle”

DA leader John Steenhuisen

John Steenhuisen: ‘Vote with your head’

In addition to retaining key metros like Tshwane, Nelson Mandela Bay and Cape Town, the DA is focused on winning Johannesburg, eThekwini and Ekurhuleni, among others. Several parties are eyeing those same municipalities, mainly the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and African National Congress. Several smaller and newer parties also have ambitions of being in office, including Herman Mashaba’s ActionSA and Patricia De Lille’s GOOD party.

John Steenhuisen also discouraged DA supporters against voting for independent candidates, which the party’s former leader Mmusi Maimane has been promoting through his One South Africa Movement.

“And forget about gimmicks like independent candidates who don’t stand for any particular values, policies or manifesto offers and cannot be held to account on any of these things once the votes are cast. Vote smart. Vote with your head,” Steenhuisen said.

That’s not all: Steenhuisen also fired shots at the ANC.

“The one thing that all these broken towns and cities share is an ANC local government. The mark of the ANC sits like fingerprints on a crime scene across every single failed town and city. One by one, they have broken these municipalities and then left the residents there to pick up the pieces.”

DA leader John Steenhuisen