Press Statement – #Battleground Tshwane: ANC’s violent disruption of the launch of DA’s Mayoral Campaign (24.10.2015)

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Yesterday ANC supporters violently disrupted the DA’s preparation for the launch of the DA’s Tshwane Mayoral Campaign in Solomon Mahlangu Square.

Late in the afternoon ANC supporters physically attacked DA supporters and staff members, who have subsequently been taken to hospital for treatment.

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This grouping had – prior to the attack on the DA – attended a function hosted by the Mayor of Tshwane, who is as a result culpable in these events.

The ANC’s violent actions yesterday are the clearest indication yet that they can lose Tshwane and that the DA can win in next year’s local government election.

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As a result of this violent attack, much of the equipment that was to be used at the launch was destroyed. For practical reasons, we will therefore be launching Solly Msimanga’s Campaign for Mayor of Tshwane on Sunday, 25 October 2015.

DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane, DA Gauteng Leader, John Moodey, and DA Candidate for Mayor of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, will today brief the media on the details of the violence that took place; the criminal charges and multi-million rand civil actions that we will pursue; the complaint which has been made with the Independent Electoral Commission; and the formal Complaint which has been laid with the Mayor of Tshwane.

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The DA will not be intimidated by the ANC’s violence. We remain steadfast to bring the change that Tshwane so desperately needs.

Press statement: Amama Mbabazi on NRM Delegates Conference & My Wife’s Health


Good Afternoon,

I will not be attending the NRM delegates conference slated for October 30th. Instead I will be focused on preparing for my nomination.

My wife Jacqueline will also not be attending. She is presently unwell and undergoing treatment in the United Kingdom. When I married my wife I made a promise that from that day forth, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health while we both live, I would give her full support. I am her primary helper and so I have taken some time away from campaign activities in order to give her the support she needs. My family and I expect her to make a full recovery soon.

I would like to thank all our family, friends and supporters for their prayers and sympathy. Please know that it means a lot to us at this time.

I encourage all supporters of Go Forward to remain patient and calm as our team prepares us for nomination. I am truly looking forward to launching the campaign, and engaging voters across the country.  

Thank you.

For God and My Country,

Amama Mbabazi