We, the representatives of African liberal parties, assembled in Johannesburg, South Africa, reaffirm our strong support for the Democratic Alliance (DA) ahead of municipal elections due on 18 May.
We stress our belief in the progressive policies espoused by the DA, as outlined in their Local Government Manifesto, and for their vision of an Open, Opportunity Society, for All. We commend the DA’s continued commitment to improving service delivery, and to delivering for all South Africans, regardless of race, creed, class, or political beliefs.
During our visit to Cape Town in November 2010, we witnessed first-hand the improvements which the DA had made to the City and to Western Cape Province. We met with the party’s local MPs, Provincial Ministers and Councillors, and praised their efficiency, sound financial management, and tough stance on corruption. Since arriving in Johannesburg, we have been once again been impressed by the DA’s campaign for better local governance and service delivery for all South Africans. As liberals, we commend their pro-market approach to alleviating poverty and reducing crime by increasing job opportunities and growing the economy.
Having seen the difference a DA administration can make to improving housing, transport and healthcare, and the party’s commitment to creating economic opportunities while ensuring clean and transparent government; we call on South Africans to vote DA in the municipal elections on 18 May. The Democratic Alliance will not take your vote for granted, and their Mayors and Councillors are committed to improving local conditions for all South Africans.
We eagerly await the result of the elections, and hope that the South African people will give the DA the chance to govern more cities, such as Pretoria, the seat of national government, paving the way for a provincial and national challenge to the ANC in 2014.
Johannesburg, 9 May 2011