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COPE,IFP out in full force in Gauteng ahead of Local Government Elections

Smaller parties were out in full force to garner support for the upcoming local government elections.

The Congress of the People (COPE) took its campaign to Alexandra township in Johannesburg.

Party leader, Mosiuoa Lekota, flanked by party supporters, went door-to-door near Alexandra’s Women’s Hostel.

The party that performed dismally in the 2014 elections is hoping to turn its fortunes around.

“We are very optimistic. It does not matter what people are saying in the newspapers. When we were fighting apartheid there were very may times the government and the SABC reported that we are terrorists. But all along we kept talking to the people and the people understood and when the time came they supported our line,” says Lekota.

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This is one of the most hotly contested elections and parties are pulling all stops to get votes.

Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi launched the party’s manifesto in Katlehong, east of Johannesburg.

The IFP leader took aim at government, accusing it of being infested with corruption and failing to deliver on promises made since 1994.

Buthelezi says his party is fielding reputable individuals as councillor candidates for the upcoming elections.

He’s described IFP candidates as ambassadors of the party’s legacy of clean and good governance.

“Our candidates know that they will be held to a high standard. When you receive your mandate, I will hold them accountable, making sure that they serve you every day. Your IFP councillor will be responsive because that is the way the IFP works. In the IFP we put the people first, ” he says.

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