The unrivalled estimated 800 daily new membership registrations swelling Democratic Alliance (DA) ranks in Limpopo since the party’s Federal Congress last month was a discussion point when party leader Mmusi Maimane addressed businesspersons affiliated to the political structure during a gala dinner at Meropa Casino and Entertainment World last night (Wednesday).
The issue was raised during a session affording guests the opportunity to pose questions to Maimane, who indicated he had never been more optimistic about the party. His trip took him to various corners of the city to address groupings that included local councillors at the provincial DA offices, students in Seshego and individuals during visits to downtown Polokwane. His Limpopo itinerary was the penultimate stop on his countrywide Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity tour before Saturday’s launch of the #Vision 2029 campaign in Soweto. He was due to be in Northern Cape today.
Earlier on in the evening Maimane shared his concerns for South Africa and his views on the need for growing the economy, a necessary assault on the unemployment rate and value sharing in an address laced with his usual humouristic demeanour with a select audience.
Hours prior cameras were clicking incessantly when Maimane found a spot next to a man, identified as Frans Maboya, in the middle of a heap of rubble and personal belongings that remained after Polokwane Municipality moved in as part of their drive to relocate of residents two days before. It was learnt that he had been sleeping under the stars in the dead of winter after his dwelling was destroyed.