The Free State Democratic Alliance held a Manifesto Launch at Botshabelo where Premier Candidate Patricia Kopane urged residents to vote for the “tried and tested” methods of the party. “Our manifesto is about tabling what the DA will do once we are in government from 8 May 2019. The DA manifesto is something that is tried and tested,” said Kopane.
According to Kopane the party’s policies have been received and implemented well in the past. “This is based on our policies and strategies that have already been implemented where we govern,” she said. The opposition party’s manifesto highlighted reforms in unemployment and service delivery which have become pressing issues in the province in recent times.
“The reason why we say that we are going to put a job in every home is because during the past financial year the DA managed to create 508 000 new jobs. In the Western Cape since we have governed there the employment grew from 25% between 2009 and 2018,” explained Kopane. The launch comes after DA leader Mmusi Maimane presented the party’s National Manifesto to a crowd in Rand Stadium, Johannesburg, last month.
John Steenhuisen a DA Team One South Africa spokesperson was also in attendance at the event at Samson Sefuthi Hall, Botshabelo on Saturday. Kopane expressed that residents turned out in their numbers for the launch. “The reception was so good. The hall that we booked caters up to 100 people but there was an overflow of about 500 people. So it is clear that the Free State people have been waiting for the DA government. That is why they came huge numbers,” said Kopane. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele