Various political parties wrap up election campaigns
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 19:58:59
Voters have just a few days before they cast their votes and small political parties have used the weekend to wrap up their campaigns.
The Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), African Peoples Convention (APC), United Front (UF) and Congress of the People (COPE) are finalising their campaigns this weekend.
COPE wrapped up their campaign in Limpopo, the APC in Pretoria, while the United Front and the PAC were in the Eastern Cape.
Over 26-million people have registered for Wednesday’s Local Government Elections.
Political parties, big and small, have used this weekend to tighten screws on their campaigns ahead of Wednesday’s polls.
One thing is certain, these elections will be hotly contested.
PAC took its final election campaign to Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape. The Party’s NEC member, Gcobani ka Tiya says they are ready and will be contesting in all municipalities of the Eastern Cape.
“We are ready. We are contesting particularly in the Eastern Cape in each and every municipality and every metro. We just hope our people will realise that there’s but one party which has never been given a chance in this country, which is the PAC.”
The APC held its final rally at Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga. The APC’s national head of elections, Leonard Hlathi urged residents to vote for the APC to ensure development in communities.
“So, here in Bushbuckridge the APC has got a capacity have high temperament to run this municipality even alone but if we fail to get the threshold the APC is ready to embarked on coalition with a political party that thinks for the people, their votes would work for them they are not going to wait for the next twenty years to make sure that they get service delivery.”
Meanwhile, the General Secretary of the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa), Irvin Jim addressed Sterkspruit Civic Association rally in Sterkspruit in the Eastern Cape.
It’s an affiliate of the United Front. Jim has urged locals to vote for association on Wednesday.
The United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP) in the Moses Kotane Local Municipality in North West says they plan to re-open abandoned industries in Mogwase should they be elected into power.
The party leadership says the industries were built during the Bophuthatswana homeland era.
The UCDP conducted door-to-door campaigns in Sanfontein on Saturday. UCDP councilor candidate Lebogang Maname says their party will help in creating permanent jobs.
“As the UCDP we are experienced when coming to government, we can govern this country and as you know, during our time, there was law and order and we brought services to the people that is what we specialize in. And when we talk about economic development that is what we did.”
Parties have been mobilizing support around the country, but all eyes will be largely on the Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay metros.