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Mmusi Maimane says corrupt political leaders must be voted out

Saturday 13 May 2017 19:20

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Maimane was speaking during a campaign in Beaufort West in the Central Karoo ahead of a crucial by-election later this month.

Maimane was speaking during a campaign in Beaufort West in the Central Karoo ahead of a crucial by-election later this month.(SABC)

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Mmusi Maimane, says if leaders of political parties are corrupt they must be voted out.

He was speaking during a campaign in Beaufort West in the Central Karoo ahead of a crucial by-election later this month.

Gearing up for 2019, Maimane will crisscross the country in the next year as part of his "Change 19" tour.   

He says coalition politics will ensure the removal of the ANC from power.

"Ultimately we want to ensure that SA is a economically prosperous country and the best place to start is by removing the ANC and so part of my tour is to go around the country meeting South Africans, meeting businesses, meeting civil society to ensure that we bring about the change."

The visit was also to drum up support for the party's candidate, Japie van der Linde, in the upcoming by-election on May 24.

Ward 7 became vacant following the resignation of the DA Mayor in February resulting in a hung council.

Residents in the Karoo town say they face major challenges, including unemployment and poverty.

One Beaufort West resident says: "The young people are specifically worried about jobs, job opportunities and development. That’s why young people start using drugs and started giving up on their dreams, because we have many matriculants who sit at home for five and four years." 

The DA's coalition partner, the Karoo Democratic Force, will not field a candidate in the by-election, leaving the party to fight for control of the municipality with the ANC.

The DA and ANC each won six seats in last year's local government elections.

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