Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen says this year’s Local Government Elections presents the opportunity for South Africa to step out of the shadow of a failed post-liberation government and into a new era of delivery, accountability, honesty and professionalism.

The DA leader was speaking at the party’s virtual manifesto launch. Steenhuisen has urged South Africans to make smart choices about the country’s future.

“One thing I can tell you is that the DA is not a party of wild, unattainable promises. We don’t fill our manifesto with every fantasy we can think of. We don’t ignore the real-world constraints of resources, budgets, personnel, historical backlogs and maintenance neglect.”

“Ours is a manifesto anchored in reality. A manifesto that speaks not only of what a DA government will do for you but also of what dozens of DA governments already do for millions of people. A record of action, and a promise of more,” says Steenhuisen.

Meanwhile, DA mayoral candidate Geordin Hill-Lewis says the DA wants Cape Town to take its place among the great cities of the world.

Speaking at the party’s manifesto launch, Hill-Lewis says his party will seek to ensure the end of load shedding in the mother city, restore its rail networks and promote enterpreneurship.

He says the DA will protect residents in DA-run municipalities from the failures of national government.

“Our country stands on the precipice of a new era in our democratic history the coming era is one that is defined by forced devolution of power away from the failing national state to local competent DA-run municipalities like Cape Town so that we can protect and support our residents. This is a hopeful and optimistic future where families can have the peace of mind of knowing that the DA will protect them from the consequences of crumbling national services,” says Hill-Lewis.

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