The DA’s federal congress kicked off in Midrand on Saturday morning.
Ivan Meyer, federal chairman, opened the congress by saying that South Africans will go to the polls next year to end the ANC’s rule.
“This congress therefore informs South Africans that the ANC is the outgoing government in South Africa,” he says.
“A Government guided by data and facts will enter the Union Buildings in 2024 and completely redesign the governance of South Africa.”
In the national election in 2019, the DA gathered just over 20% of votes for it and in the local election of 2021, the party got 22% of voters’ votes.
Werner Horn, congress spokesman for that DA, the earlier told Rhewal that the party hopes that strong policy resolutions will persuade more voters to put their crosses behind the DA’s name.
Meyer told around 2,000 DA delegates on Saturday morning that the current government is a “corrupt and criminal” one under which many South Africans are suffering.
“But we are here today to say that it is possible to save and rebuild South Africa.”
According to Meyer, the congress, which lasts until Sunday when the delegates vote for new party leaders, will outline in the two days what the DA is already doing to, among other things, solve the power crisis in the country.
It also aims to propose practical solutions to get South Africa back on its feet. These solutions are based on “data analysis, science, research and common sense”.
The DA’s mayors and other DA leaders will also report on what they have achieved “to create a better future for their communities”.
“This is our country and this is where our hearts lie. Let’s unite and start rebuilding South Africa.”
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