W Cape voters spoilt for choice
Sun, 24 Jul 2016 19:08:44
Voters in the Western Cape will be spoilt for choice on the 3rd of August.
Sixty-six parties and 60 independent candidates have registered to contest the elections in the province.
Big political parties have done well at the polls.
However, several new parties in the region, say it’s their time to shine.
The South African Religious Civic Organisation (SARCO) says it’s focused on mending the moral fabric of society.
SARCO’s Joanie Visagie-Jantjies says: “I believe that what I did in the past now I can do it better and better for the people. We are taking our message to the people of George, Beaufort West, Knysna and in Plettenberg Bay.”
Another first time contender is the African Independent Congress (AIC) which is also fielding a mayoral candidate in George.
The party wants to address housing shortages.
AIC’s regional co-ordinator, Abel Kiewet says: “This council which is currently led by the Democratic Alliance (DA) sent R41 million back to the State that was meant for housing. They have built the people these terrible structures that are leaking and are not in good condition. We want to eradicate poor housing and we also have a plan to get rid of all the drug houses.”
Contesting elections along the Garden Route and the Little Karoo is the Plaaslike Besorgde Inwoners (PBI) or Concerned Local Residents.
PBI’s Virgil Gericke says: “We are contesting in the Eden District in the Southern Cape in virtually every town. We field approximately 40 ward candidates and 40 proportional candidates throughout the region. We say people need to vote for us for quality housing for the upliftment of the youth, job creation and the development of infrastructure.”