Destroying our heritage sites incites hatred and disregards our rainbow nation

As the nation celebrates Heritage Day, we challenge all South Africans to unite despite our differences, to learn from each other and rebuild our nation.

South Africa is a richer place because of our diversity and heritage sites are a unifying force to help us build our nation. The diversity of our beliefs, culture, and language is what sets us apart as South Africans.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) condemns in the strongest terms the EFF ‘s picket for the removal of the Paul Kruger statue as part of celebrating Heritage Day. These actions disregard the importance of our heritage and incites hatred amongst different cultures and races.

It is unacceptable for the EFF to use this symbolic day to call for destruction and racial division within our country instead of bringing our people together.

Destroying this statue will not heal the nation from the injustices of the past. For the nation to succeed we must learn from the past and each other’s history.

Now is not the time to break down, remove or destroy, but to unite, learn and rebuild.

The DA is the only party that is diverse and big enough to bring people together and we believe that we should create more open spaces for additional statues and heritage sites, where we can come together to reflect on our past and focus on our future.

The DA in Tshwane has worked hard in our campaign, wards, and city to ensure that we have regular clean-up campaigns at all our heritage sites such as the Solomon Mahlangu Square, Church Square, Komjekejeke Cultural Village, Voortrekker Monument, the Synagogue, parks, and cemeteries.

Together through these campaigns and visits to our cultural heritage sites, we champion the preservation of all cultures and their heritage in our country.

South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity we can win as a nation. Now is the time to come together as we build a caring society with an active citizenry.

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DA Leaders To Cast Votes For Change

This Election, 3 August 2016, the DA Leader and battleground Mayoral Candidates will cast their votes as follows:


DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane MP –

Live coverage on SABC and ENCA

Time: 08h00

Location: Allen Glen High School, Randburg, Johannesburg

Media enquiries: Mabine Seabe (084 677 7851)

Maimane will be joined by DA Mayoral Candidate for Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba.


DA Mayoral Candidate for Cape Town, Patricia De Lille –

Time: 08h50

Location: Pinelands Town Hall, St Stephens Road, Pinelands, Cape Town

Media enquiries: Cameron Arendse (079 477 2744)


DA Mayoral Candidate for Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip –

Live coverage on SABC and ENCA

Time: 09h30

Location: Westbourne Oval, Richmond Hill, NMB

Media enquiries: Kristoff Adelbert (079 199 1890)


DA Mayoral Candidate for Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, joined by DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane MP –

Live coverage on SABC

Time: 10h00

Location: Capital Park Primary School, Flower Street, Tshwane

Media enquiries: Motheo Mtimkulu (083 728 0554)


DA Mayoral Candidate for Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba –

Time: 11h00

Location: Sandton Fire Station, Grayston Drive, Joburg

Media enquiries: Nkele Molapo (072 041 4842)


DA Mayoral Candidate for Ekurhuleni, Ghaleb Cachalia –

Time: 11h45

Location: Eastleigh Primary School, Central Avenue, Edenvale

Media enquiries: Warren Gwilt (073 601 6144)


DA Mayoral Candidate for Midvaal, Bongani Baloyi 

Time: 09h00

Location: Rothdene Hall, Ward 3, Midvaal

Media enquiries: Percy Koji (078 690 2770)

Msimanga To Return To Solomon Mahlangu Square On Final Push To Win Tshwane

Today, 02 August 2016, DA Mayoral Candidate for Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, will return to the site where he officially launch his Msimanga-For-Mayor campaign in October last year as he embarks on the final push to win Tshwane.

After months of campaigning, thousands of kilometres travelled, and countless voters canvassed, Election Day is upon us with all indications that the DA can win Tshwane on August 3 and bring the change the Capital needs.

Change is only possible though if each and every voter who wants corruption stopped, better services delivered and more jobs created comes out to vote for the DA.

Msimanga will be joined by DA National Spokesperson, Phumzile van Damme MP, and Constituency Head for Mamelodi, Natasha Mazzone MP.

The event will take place as follows:

Date: 02 August 2016
Time: 10h15
Venue: Solomon Mahlangu Square
Address: Cnr Tsamaya Avenue and Waltloo Road, Mamelodi, Pretoria

There will be opportunity for photographs and interviews.
Media enquiries:
Motheo Mtimkulu
Media Officer: Tshwane Mayoral Campaign
083 728 0554

Selfe And Msimanga To Visit IEC Results Operation Centre

Today, 02 August 2016, the Chairperson of the DA’s Federal Executive, James Selfe MP, and DA Mayoral Candidate for Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, will visit the IEC Results Operation Centre, which will be the hub of this year’s election outcomes.

The DA stands ready to make historic gains in Election 2016, and the election outcomes rely fundamentally on the IEC’s Results Operation Centre and its readiness.

Selfe and Msimanga will visit the R.O.C as follows:

Date: 02 August 2016
Time: 17h00
Location: R.O.C, Pretoria Show Grounds, Tshwane

Selfe and Msimanga will brief the media on the DA’s most up-to-date electoral prospects in Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane, Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Media enquiries:
Karabo Tledima
Press Officer
061 794 3819 


Jacques de Villiers

Press Officer

083 683 2781

Tomorrow We Can Win Tshwane And Bring Real CHANGE

We Can Win

The DA is on the brink of making history in Tshwane. We can win and move our capital city forward again, by bringing change that creates jobs, delivers better services and stops corruption.

South Africans face an important choice this election: more of the same, under an uncaring ANC, that has allowed corruption to steal from our people, and joblessness to sky-rocket. Or real change that will help realise Nelson Mandela’s dream for our country.

Tshwane Residents

Together we can bring the change the DA has an excellent track-record of, to Tshwane, but this is only possible if each and every voter who wants to see the Capital move forward again comes out to vote for the DA.

I invite my fellow Tshwane residents, proud of our home-town, to come out tomorrow and make our mark for change. Together we can win Tshwane, and every vote will count.