Political parties have been out and about in Johannesburg campaigning as the August the 3rd local government election approaches.
The African Independent Congress (AIC) has launched its provincial manifesto in Ivory Park, east of Johannesburg.
The party’s Margaret Arnolds says: “If we manage to win some wards in this area we will make sure that the people will be safe and have a roof over their heads. We will also make sure that women and children are not abused or neglected. We will also make sure that the people in this community get proper employment. We will also look at education, we will be pushing for free education for everyone.”
The National Freedom Party (NFP) says residents of George Goch hostel in Johannesburg have told them that they are happy that the party’s leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi is recovering after seeing her at the party’s manifesto in KwaZulu-Natal last week.
NFP’s Bheki Gumbi says: “People are very much appreciating to see the National Freedom Party on their door step, and they are also happy see that our leader is back, they saw our leader, they are welcoming us.”
Meanwhile, residents of Green Park informal settlement near Blue Downs in Cape Town have met with the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) leader, Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi, to voice their concerns about a lack of basic services and crime in that area.
The party held a local government election campaign in the area on Saturday.
The IFP says it aims to secure enough support to effect change in the lives of the poor.
Resident, Nozuko Jikumlambo, says they do not feel safe in the area especially without electricity and a school for children. “We don’t have electricity, sometimes we use wood to cook, we are not working. So we’re supposed to go to the forest to fetch wood to cook if there is no paraffin and then the second point is school because our children are not safe when they go over the bridge.”
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