Johannesburg — Newly-elected DA Gauteng provincial leader, Solly Msimanga, has outlined his intentions for the party to unseat the ANC at the general elections for 2024.
Msimanga was re-elected to the position following a contest with fellow party member in the province, Khumo Ramulifho. Speaking at the party’s provincial congress on Saturday, he revealed that the fight for positions in the party was now over and that the focus has shifted to next year’s elections, IOL said.
He also spoke about the services collapsing throughout the province and said people wanted a change of government.
“The hospitals, roads, infrastructure and schools were collapsing. The people were not safe when they were walking in the streets. They want to have a police service that would be able to fight crime,” he said.
🇿🇦🏆 The elected DA Gauteng Provincial Leader that will usher the residents in Gauteng to a better future in 2024 and beyond, Solly Msimanga#DAGPcongress2023 #ChangeIsComing pic.twitter.com/AhDiCVT9Zx
— DA Gauteng (@DAGauteng) August 12, 2023
“We need to focus our weapons, we need to focus our energy on the opponent who is ahead of us. We will lose great opportunity if we remain internally focused and allow for divisions to creep in the DA,” he added.
According to News24, Msimanga said the party would now need to focus on 2024, ensuring the ANC dipped below 50% in Gauteng, and denying current Premier Panyaza Lesufi a second term.
“Winning Gauteng will not be easy. We need to show a united face and show that we can do what needs to be done. This plane will land safely in 2024… when we say to Panyaza Lesufi at the provincial legislature, pack your bags and go,” he added.
His strategy in growing the party in the country’s economic hub seems focused on getting as many unregistered voters on the voters’ roll and voting for the DA.
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Compiled by Matthew Petersen