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DA in KZN says it’s not losing sleep over MK Party

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) says it’s not losing sleep over former President Jacob Zuma’s uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) Party.

DA provincial leader Francois Rodgers says the party is banking on its Zulu-speaking premier candidate, Chris Pappas, to win over Zulu speakers. He spoke on Friday during his visit to Newholmes Christian Fellowship church in Northdale, a party stronghold.

‘ANC AND EFF SHOULD BE THE ONES WORRIED’

“I am not going to lose sleep over Jacob Zuma’s party. It should, in fact, be the ANC and the EFF who are worried. According to our polling, the EFF is the biggest loser in this scenario. If anything, our support in the Zulu-speaking electorate is growing,” said Rodgers according to TimesLive.

He said the DA was quite happy with what it has on the ground, and for the first time, the party has two provincial campaigns. “One is that of the premier run by uMngeni mayor Chris Pappas, and then there is provincial leaders’ campaign,” he said.

Rodgers said the DA had tried to make inroads in their non-traditional areas where voters had often opted for their fellow Zulu speakers, such as the MK Party and the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP).

CHRIS PAPPAS IS THE RIGHT CANDIDATE – RODGERS

“Chris is an attraction to people. Him speaking isiZulu gives them an immediate connection. He is the right candidate and sure-footed for the position,” he said.

The DA also announced its list of candidates hoping to serve in the provincial legislature after the elections. The party also said it had signed a pact with the IFP as the prospect of a coalition government was inevitable.

“Time will tell, but there is going to be no clear winner in these elections. We support the IFP in the service delivery pact. We won’t wait till the 30th [May to sign a pact],” Rodgers said.

DA HOLDING MEETINGS WITH BRANCHES IN VARIOUS PROVINCES

“I will be going from branch to branch through the province, and Chris will also be going to different towns and having town hall meetings throughout,” he added.

Rodgers downplayed how the party had, in the last provincial elections, been overtaken by the IFP, which was now the official opposition in the provincial legislature.

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