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Small parties flex their muscles ahead of LGE 2016

Small parties represented in the National Assembly are flexing their muscles ahead of the August 3rd municipal elections.

For the first time residents in Gauteng will have the choice to vote for the African Independent Congress (AIC) in a municipal poll while the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) is also fielding, for the first time, five candidates in the City of Cape Town.

Hitting the campaign trail in unchartered waters, the IFP did not contest the two previous municipal elections in Cape Town.

This time around it is confident that after August the third, it’ll secure seats in the council. The Party’s leader, Mangosutho Buthelezi says it’ll need the support of people.

The AIC is also putting its head above water.

Candidates will represent the party in Gauteng where it will contest every municipality including the three metros.

The party launched its manifesto on Saturday, focusing on a host of issues including a proposed solution to the current drought.

Eight provinces in South Africa are currently in the grips of drought, including the Free State and that’s where the Dikwankwetla Party of South Africa are based.

They might not be in Parliament to influence water policies, but in QwaQwa it’s the official opposition party and in it’s manifesto, it promises greater access to water.

 

Meanwhile, in KwaZulu-Natal President Jacob Zuma has given the keynote address during an African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) rally at the Kings Park Stadium in Durban.

Thousands of ANC members flocked to the event. The rally was part of National Youth Month activities by the youth league in preparation for the upcoming local government elections.

President Zuma has urged the youth to promote stability and end violent protests.

“You need to reflect on what you did to build the country and also the future of the organisation. You need to reflect on the following: promoting unity in the ANC, fighting the demons of racism and tribalism, promoting stability and order and to end the violent protests and looting in which some young people participate. These are areas for you to demonstrate your leadership and readiness to lead the country.”

 

Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says the party will ensure that there is no destruction of property, corruption and high unemployment should his party take control of various municipalities during the upcoming local government elections.

Maimane was campaigning at Verulam north of Durban on Saturday. Provincial and national leadership are part of the campaign.

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