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All systems go for elections: Des van Rooyen

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Des van Rooyen says despite unrest in recent weeks, it is all systems go for the local government elections.

Speaking at The New Age business breakfast dialogue on 15 years of democratic local government , Van Rooyen says the resolution of the Tlokwe by-elections matter indicates that everything is under control in the build up to the elections.

Van Rooyen says the state security cluster and the South African Police Services are prepared to handle any situation.

He also condemned the violence that has taken place over recent weeks.

“We want to call on our people to make sure that they continue to protest and exercise their democratic rights responsibly without infringing on other people’s rights. And we think as the state machinery, we are ready to deliver free and fair elections. “

Van Rooyen also advised political parties to choose councillors wisely as it is not an easy job and requires someone who is informed and understands their constituency.

He blamed the lack of a link between citizens and their councillors for some of the service delivery protests in the country.

The dialogue also focused on urbanisation, and how to manage it, municipal demarcation and traditional leadership.

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