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21 Apr 2009 18:15
Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille said ‘one vote can win it” on the eve of Wednesday’s 2009 national and provincial general election.
Zille insisted that voter turnout will make a huge difference to the election result.
‘If every DA voter turns out to vote, we can keep the ANC [African National Congress] below a two-thirds majority.”
In her last-minute appeal to voters for the maximum turnout, the party leader told voters that the DA is the only party that they can rely on to stand up against the ANC’s abuse of power, ‘which is turning South Africa into a criminal state”.
‘If South Africa is to become a successful democracy, we must stop Jacob Zuma and the ANC from getting the two-thirds majority they need to change the Constitution. The ANC Cabinet has already approved a new Bill to change the Constitution to take powers away from local government.
‘They are scared that the DA will win in more and more places throughout South Africa.
‘We can also win power in one or two provinces, and show—just like we have in local government—how our policies for an open, opportunity society help to change people’s lives for the better,” she said adding “that is the difference your vote makes. One vote can win it.”—I-Net Bridge
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