Tue Sep 02 15:58:04 SAST 2014

Maimane wants residents to believe as he launches campaign

Sep 22, 2013 | MOSA MOKHEMA |

MMUSI Maimane, the DA's candidate for premier in Gauteng, launched his Believe bus tour in Alexandra yesterday.

VISION: The DA's Mmusi Maimane at the launch of his Believe tour in Alexandra yesterday. Picture: Mabuti Kali

At the low-key launch of his campaign on 20th Avenue, he unveiled his plans to travel across Gauteng over the next month.

Maimane, the DA leader in the City of Joburg, said he wanted "to go to every corner of Gauteng to communicate a message of hope and change to the people of the province I grew up in".

A handful of DA supporters braved the cold to greet their leader with song and dance. Wearing blue party shirts, they sang Viva Maimane Viva.

The first stop was Stwetla informal settlement, on the banks of the Jukskei River.

Maimane walked through the squatter camp, addressing the grievances of the residents.

Malwela Malatji, with a baby on her back, said: "Our kids are being bitten by rats because our shacks are under a bridge. I would be the first to give DA my vote if he can guarantee that he will help me."

But Alex resident Vukani Mbele said: "These DA people are only looking out for themselves. They are going go back to their nice houses and good lives to go and shower with nice shower gels while we bath in basins and cheap soaps."

The bus will be in Kya Sand informal settlement on the West Rand today.

mokhemam@timesmedia.co.za

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