On Wednesday afternoon, leading members of the Democratic Alliance (DA) and its supporters gathered on the Grand Parade in Cape Town and marched from Darling Street to the ANC’s provincial office.
The party claimed that its “Power to the People” march was a protest against the ANC’s rolling power cuts, cadre deployment policy, and corruption.
The DA declared its opposition to the ruling party’s destruction of South Africa’s energy infrastructure and economy.
Addressing the crowd, Premier Alan Winde said:
“When we were marching down Darling Street, I couldn’t help but wave across to Madiba standing on the balcony. If Mandela were still alive today, he would be in this march. The people of this country deserve way better than what they are getting.”
In Johannesburg, hundreds of DA supporters gathered at Mary Fitzgerald Square to stage a demonstration outside Luthuli House, the African National Congress (ANC)’s headquarters.
This march also formed part of a broader campaign by the party, which is currently challenging the ANC’s cadre deployment policy in court and its failure to keep its promise to solve the country’s energy crisis.
Following the marches, DA leaders from both provinces are expected to address party members.
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