Vote for credible leaders who will bring investments and jobs

Eastern Cape Leader and Premier candidate Athol Trollip and DA  National Assembly candidate Nosimo Balindlela in Somerset East on Monday.

Eastern Cape Leader and Premier candidate Athol Trollip and DA National Assembly candidate Nosimo Balindlela in Somerset East on Monday.

The DA leadership in the Eastern Cape, including Athol Trolip, Nosimo Balindlela, Veliswa Mvenya and Nqaba Bhanga have been on a campaign tour to Karoo towns this week, including Somerset East and Pearston on Monday and Adelaide and Bedford on Tuesday. Today they will be visiting the Sunday’s River Valley. Below is the message the DA brought to these communities.

On 7 May 2014 voters will cast their votes to elect leaders for our country. National elections are about electing leaders that have moral integrity. We need to be voting for credible and competent leaders who will bring hope for a better future.

What the Eastern Cape needs above all else are sustainable, REAL jobs that will be brought about through investment. Credible leadership inspires confidence from investors, like we have seen in the Western Cape.

The current leader of the ANC, Jacob Zuma has faced significant legal challenges over the years involving corruption, bribery and the recent Nkandla report, whereas the leadership of the DA remains beyond reproach.

The ANC’s National Assembly list consists of candidates who have been listed on Corruption Watch. The ANC stated in its 2014 election manifesto that it will “intensify the fight against corruption in both the public and private sectors”.

They have failed to honour this statement by not removing the names of candidates who have issues with the law.

These candidates include Andile Lungisa, who stands accused of accepting R2,5 million for the Nelson Mandela Sport Day, at which it was allegedly promised that R Kelly, the US singer, would perform. Also listed is Pule Mabe, who is out on R10 000 bail and who faces charges of theft, fraud and money laundering. I can also mention John Block, the ANC’s Northern Cape chairperson, who has been charged for theft and corruption and former Gauteng MEC Humphrey Mmemezi, whose less-than-reputable purchase of a painting via a McDonald’s outlet made headlines. Disgraced former Communications Minister, Dina Pule was recalled from her position last year due to allegations of conflict of interest and corruption.

The DA’s National Assembly list depicts the opposite. The DA understands that the main purpose of elections is to elect leaders that the nation can be proud of. We understand that great leaders inspire confidence in other people and move them to action. Corrupt leaders only breed fear and doubt in others.

The credibility of parliamentary candidates is crucial in the creation of an environment that draws in investors. The quality of our leaders plays a massive role in the success of our economy. We must make sure to vote wisely on 7 May.

The electorate can vote for the DA leaders with confidence. This party has announced its Premier candidates so that people know who they are voting for. The ANC does not care to do this, they impose their leaders.