Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance Students' Organisation (Daso) needs to start recruiting teenagers at schools in order to grow more support for the DA at tertiary institutions, DA Gauteng leader John Moodey said on Saturday.
Speaking ahead of the launch of the DA's 20129 elections manifesto at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg, he said Daso faced tough competition at tertiary Institutions in the province, mainly from the African National Congress's Progressive Youth Alliance and the economic Freedom Fighters "student command".
''It is always a disappointment when one doesn't win, and we do take this seriously. I always say that Daso should be catching them [young people] at the age of 14 at high schools; that is where we grew student politics in 1976.
"But I also think that student politics is different from national politics... and most of these students come from outside Gauteng and have different political ideologies, so we continue to work through that small window of opportunity to convert students,'' Moodey said.
The DA elections campaign had been ''revved up'' following the arrival of former City of Tshwane mayor Solly Msimang at the Gauteng legislature. Msimang is the DA Gauteng premier candidate.