South African opposition leader Helen Zille has urged voters to stop the African National Congress from turning the country into a “failed state”. Speaking at the final Democratic Alliance (DA) rally before elections on Wednesday, Ms Zille accused the ruling ANC of cronyism.

sa-domed1A crowd of about 3,000 people came to hear her speak despite heavy rain. She told the crowd their votes could stop the ANC from retaining their two thirds majority.

“Only the DA is strong enough to stop (ANC President Jacob) Zuma taking us down the road of a failed state,” she said. She made frequent reference to criminal charges of corruption and racketeering brought against Mr Zuma which he denies and which were dismissed earlier this month.

“In 10 years time people will look back and everyone will know the DA was telling the truth from the start ”
Speaking in three South African languages, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English, she urged the crowd to prevent the ANC from getting a two-thirds majority.



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