‘It’s up to you to hire or fire a government…’

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Mmusi Maimane, the newly elected leader of South Africa's main opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party, gestures as he gives his maiden speech following his election in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on May 10, 2015.  South Africa's main opposition party the Democratic Alliance on May 10 elected Mmusi Maimane as its first black leader, a major step in its efforts to challenge the ruling African National Congress. AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA
NEVER SURRENDER: The Democratic Alliance leader feels this election will be the one where the opposition will win big

DA leader says power of the ballot and a democracy means the people can choose their government

DA leader Mmusi Maimane today said he could feel the winds of change, claiming his party was the only alternative for South Africa.

“This election has been special for us. It will be an historic one for the people of South Africa,” Maimane said, after voting at Allen Glen High School in Roodepoort this morning.

Maimane said he was excited about voting day and believed that the party had grown tremendously, not only in Gauteng, but in other provinces too.

He said casting his vote reminded him of the power of the ballot, adding that democracy meant you could choose your government.

“It is the people’s right to fire or hire a government,” he said.

Maimane said it was not about a vote of race, but about a party that could take the country forward. He called for a peaceful election.

“We want an election where there is no intimidation. It is in all parties’ interest that the democratic project succeeds.” Additional reporting Power FM