The DA welcomes former Chief Mathobela Bokleni

Athol Trollip MPL

DA Leader in the Eastern Cape

On Thursday, 27 March 2014 I will be visiting former Chief Mathobela Bokleni who joined the Democratic Alliance in March this year and I’ll be addressing community members in this area about the importance of exercising their right to vote on May 7th.

The former Chief has inspired his community to feel free to choose a party that will better serve them and many have joined the DA.

King Dalindyebo became a trendsetter when he made the decision to join the Democratic Alliance last year; former Chief Mathobela Bokleni of Nyandeni and Port St Johns communities has followed suit. He served as the acting paramount chief of the aforementioned areas for 46 years and was an ANC member for 20 years. He retired in 1994 and after countless enquiries has not yet received his pension. He has been highly disappointed by his government and has decided to cross over to a party that is a dynamic force for change. This transition is very significant in a community where a strong bond existed between traditional leaders and the ANC.

Traditional leaders in the Eastern Cape are cutting ties with the ruling party where trust and confidence has been lost. Some members of the Nyandeni community have been afraid to leave the ANC in the past but have finally come to the conclusion that the Jacob Zuma led ANC is no longer the ANC that was led by Tata Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki.

A public meeting will take place in Njiveni, Nyandeni at  11 am tomorrow morning.