Patricia de Lille announced GOOD as the name of her new party, the logo and key policy positions of her new party at Foxhood Hotel, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg. Picture: Nhlanhla Phillips/African News Agency/ANA

Cape Town - Former mayor Patricia de Lille’s Good party has been off to a steady start and she plans to unveil the rest of her party structures and plans next week.

De Lille said that she had about 60 000 volunteers who signed a pledge to join the movement that she started last month.

“Things have been going very well up until now. We are in the month of January and many people are still on leave, so to get things done at this time of the year is a little bit difficult and slower. 

"But we have some major plans in the pipeline for the party. We are launching our premier candidates in the next weeks for all provinces. What makes it really easy for us is that we established structures in all provinces,” she said.

De Lille said with effectively only three months left before the general elections, they will have to put in extra work.

“Our candidates in the provinces will be on the ground wherever there are people to be canvassed. Our main goal is to get to the minorities and those who are still deciding on who to vote for,” she said.

Most of De Lille’s supporters are from Gauteng, but a large part of her support also lies on the Cape Flats and in several middle-class families.
Following her bitter battle with the DA, De Lille called it quits and resigned on October 31.

A further eight councillors also quit the DA, five of whom joined De Lille to start Good.

Political analyst Solly Moeng said although it is early to comment on her party, she would most likely help the ANC in the Western Cape.

“She is an angry member of the DA  and will most likely give her votes to the ANC to show her dissatisfaction with the DA,” he said.

De Lille said her party is registered for the 2019 national and provincial elections with the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC).

She also said that it has structures in all nine provinces, volunteers and officials who manage funding and party matters.

The party's manifesto, De Lille added, was based on four principles, namely spatial, social, economic and environmental justice. "This will all be launched later this month." 

De Lille reiterated that young people would be represented in all structures of the party.


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