Three Congress of the People (Cope) members defected to the DA, spokesperson Mmusi Maimane has said.
The new members were former Congress of the People women’s movement secretary Nozipho Didiza-Ndlela, Cope Gauteng deputy secretary Norman Mohale, and Cope West Rand secretary Vulindlela Xundu.
Maimane said today this was an important shift for Gauteng, a province which would be hotly contested in next year’s general election.
“Today’s announcement is another small, but catalytic moment in that realignment process,” he said.
“We know that a strong, united opposition that can offer a real, alternative government is the only bulwark against the corruption of the governing party, and building a prosperous economy that benefits all.”
Maimane said the DA had made five pledges to citizens in Gauteng, including getting rid of the controversial e-toll system, introducing the youth wage subsidy, and creating conditions for entrepreneurship.
“We look forward to the diversity of views and experience that our new members will bring. We know that they will add value and energy to the party in this province.”
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