2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

[LISTEN] Why Tony Leon is back on the DA campaign trail

The Democratic Alliance has pulled in the big guns to help it win votes in the 8 May elections.

After ten years of not being on the campaign trail, Tony Leon is donning the blue jacket once again and is back on the streets to help the party which has suffered from a number of internal scandals.

Likewise, former president Thabo Mbeki is also out on the campaign trail for the ANC after over ten years abstaining from politics.

Speaking to Eusebius McKaiser, Leon says he believes in the opposition project and the corner occupied by the DA.

In an election, you have one choice, and you have to use that strategically and ideologically to make a statement.

Tony Leon, Former Leader - Democratic Alliance

Leon says it is only the DA and the EFF in the opposition camp that has shown growth.

He says the two parties have the advantage of relative ideological coherence and relative organisational unity.

But they are not that big that they have to accommodate a whole lot of different factions and wings, so their greatest strength is also their greatest weakness.

Tony Leon, Former Leader - Democratic Alliance

Oppositions don't win elections, the government loses elections.

Tony Leon, Former Leader - Democratic Alliance

There is still going to be more pain and suffering in this country until the people say enough is enough.

Tony Leon, Former Leader - Democratic Alliance

Leon says he does not subscribe to the DA's notion that there will be one job per house.

The national government can do something to get our growth rate from the pathetic 1%.

Tony Leon, Former Leader - Democratic Alliance

Go for growth.

Tony Leon, Former Leader - Democratic Alliance

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