DA is the 'it' party - Ntuli
THE former IFP Youth Brigade national executive member and president of the South African Democratic Students Movement, Chris Ntuli, has described the DA as the only viable party capable of clean governance.
"DA is the only political party that can change the way the country is run. At the moment our government is failing the people of this country since it is riddled with corruption," Ntuli said.
Ntuli officially joined the DA Youth yesterday after being a member of the IFP and holding several senior positions within the ranks of the party.
In March Ntuli was expelled from the IFP after accusing it of being controlled by a clique because its president, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, no longer wielded any power and there was no democracy within party ranks.
"The gap between the poor and rich is widening due to corruption. The moral character of our government is the one that can potentially [lead to the] collapse of the country, which is why a strong opposition is needed," Ntuli said.
He said he had joined the DA because it has shown that it puts the needs of the people first, compared with other political parties "whose leaders are confused and quarrel over power and keep personal interest above those of ordinary citizens".
DA Youth national chairwoman Mbali Ntuli said those who had been shouting from various directions that their party was for a certain racial group will soon eat humble pie.
"We are [an] incredibly diverse party and that is one of the reasons why we are growing. We have increased our membership and support at various tertiary institutions simply because young people of this country are realising that the DA is the only party for the future.
"As the youth, we are bridging the gap between generations and the experiences of the past. The role we have to play is that of uniting the youth of this country from various backgrounds and take issues relating to youth seriously since the government has shown that we are not an important sector," she said.
She said the problems faced by the ANCYL mean that young people have no voice.
"The collapse of the ANCYL makes it time for us to stamp our authority and steer the young people and ensure that SA youth has a future."
She said now that Ntuli has joined them, they will be able to attract young people from rural areas, townships and urban areas.
DA provincial youth leader Bongumusa Nhlabathi announced that they would be marching to premier Zweli Mkhize's office on Monday as part of the DA's demand for a youth subsidy.
Sadesmo secretary-general Thabiso Dlamini welcomed the move by Ntuli and others to join the DA.
"We wish them all the best in their new [political] home. I must say, though, that they will not be missed because they were no longer active members of the IFP," Dlamini said.