Orania to have own internal elections
Sun, 05 Jun 2016 11:32:29
Residents of Orania will have their own internal elections on August 3
Residents of the whites-only town in the Northern Cape will elect a representative council made up of 12 members.
“Nobody is prevented from participating in the local government elections in Orania but it’s not popular amongst our people. Whilst at the same time on the same day we do elect our own internal council as well. We have some sort of constructive co-existence, we do not want to fight Thembelihle or tear down its council and they do not want that for us up to now, in actual fact,” says Orania Movement leader, Carel Boshoff.
Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has promised to change the status quo of the town, should they win the local government polls at Thembelihle Municipality which Orania falls under.
The town’s Mayor Danny Jonas, who is an EFF candidate, says the predominantly Afrikaner enclave might cease to exist after the elections.
The town currently receives no services from the municipality following an agreement in the year 2000 through a legal framework.
“When we are going to take over as the EFF, we need to sit down, we need government intervention to see this issue of Orania. Because you can’t have a Broerestaad in an area like Thembelihle or South Africa. We now have two councils and two mayors. We must work towards being one municipality and not two municipalities,” says Jonas.