Parties increase campaigns as elections near
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:05:44
With local government elections two weeks away, parties have increased their campaigns across the country.
Campaigning in KwaZulu-Natal midlands, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi raised concerns about the ongoing political killings in the province.
He addressed supporters at Ixopho, where his party welcomed more than 100 members from the African National Congress (ANC).
Buthelezi asked security agencies to deal with the killings of ANC members in KwaZulu-Natal.
The Hawks are currently investigating close on 20 politically-related cases of murder and attempted murder in the province.
“I am very concerned about carnage that is going on within the ANC, which has resulted in so many people including women, losing lives. I think my sister Winnie Mandela also spoke strongly about this. I think this seems to be getting worse,” says Buthelezi.
IFP wants to reclaim the uBuhlebezwe Municipality, which they lost to the ANC.
“There is too much infighting and fighting over financial resources and they just ignore us they want to help themselves and not to help the community,” says former ANC member Lungile Dlamini about her move to the IFP.
Buthelezi also met local businessmen and Izinduna (chiefs).
EFF campaigns in Lesedi
In the Sedibeng district, Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) deputy leader, Floyd Shivambu launched a door to door campaign, wooing voters at the Lesedi municipality.
The party also took time to visit a nearby Ratanda Old Age Centre, as part of its contribution to Mandela month. Shivambu urged EFF members to go out in their large to ensure that people give his party a chance come August 3rd.
“The EFF is here to restore the hope of the people of Lesedi and as part of that we thought we must come to this old age home to understand the condition of old people,” says Shivambu.
DA campaigns in North West
The official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA) took its campaign trail to the North West capital, Mahikeng. The party interacted with potential voters at the local taxi rank.
DA’s national spokesperson Refiloe Ntsekhe says the party wants to formalise the businesses of informal traders who contribute twenty percent to the country’s economic growth.
Ntsheke says informal trade reduces the unemployment rate which stands at 26.7 percent. The DA urged residents of Mahikeng in NorthWest to make drastic changes and vote for the party because it puts people’s needs first.
The DA is concerned by the failure of the local municipality to provide clean water and sanitation for residents.
The city’s informal business owners have been without water for two weeks.
The DA also engaged students at the North West University. They raised issues around free quality education, lack of resources and high tertiary fees.
ANC was in Mnquma Municipality
ANC Chairperson Baleka Mbete was on a campaign trail in Centane in the Mnquma Municipality. She called on leaders to be accountable against failure to deliver basic services saying candidates will have to account.
“They have raised the issue of water as their main problem, where they say they sometimes go for days without water. Houses are also poorly built, this has been a human settlements project but the absence of councillors here is problematic,” says Mbete.