Govt takes services to highly contested Tlokwe Municipality
Wed, 17 Feb 2016 16:35:00
The Executive Mayor of Tlokwe Local Municipality in Potchefstroom in the North West, accompanied by North West MECs, have led a service delivery campaign which had all government services under one roof. The campaign was intended to offer various government services to the people of Tlokwe in ward 4.
It is in this ward where the African National Congress (ANC) is working hard to garner support from voters. The ward is a stronghold of the Democratic Alliance (DA).
Miederpark area in ward 4 in the Tlokwe municipality has since the last by-elections been regarded as the hotly contested area between the ruling party and the DA.
In this voting district over 2500 registered voters are reported to be whites, while blacks are just above 250. Now government, together with the local municipality, have targeted this area with the aim of taking services to the people.
“Where ever we go in the districts after Setsokotsane, we do your mop up campaigns, all the government departments come together. We bringing services closer to the people. All the departments we put up marquees, gazebos, every department is there to render services and now it is the chance for Tlokwe Local Municipality to make sure that people of Tlokwe also receive services like we have been doing in all other areas in the districts, wards, in the municipalities of the North West,” says Leader for Government Business, MEC Manketse Tlhape.
Opposition parties have accused the ruling party of using state resources for electioneering
Some community members in the area have welcomed the initiative by government in bringing services closer to them. “If the ANC is willing to compromise and give us satisfaction then we can join them,” says one of the residents.
Opposition parties have accused the ruling party of using state resources for electioneering. They have since complained to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).
IEC Provincial Electoral Officer Dr Tumelontle Thiba has confirmed that they received the complaints. She says they will seek legal advice on the matter.
“Section 80 of the MSA refers to penalty for the contravention of the Municipal Structures Act; it does not make reference to state resources as such. It makes reference to the contravention of penalties for the Code of Conduct. The commission received the objections and it is considering that and it will respond accordingly.”
The DA has urged residents to vote for it. “Our message to our voters out there is very clear , take whatever you can get, take the food parcels take the blankets, take everything that you can get and then vote Democratic Alliance,” says DA Member of Parliament Juanita Terblanche. The by-election is contested by the ANC, DA and independent candidates. Click below for more on the story:
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