DA open to coalition with ANC, pledges loyalty to MPC partners

DA open to coalition with ANC, pledges loyalty to MPC partners

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Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen has not ruled out a coalition with the African National Congress (ANC). However, Steenhuisen says his first port of call will be to find a way forward with the party’s Multi-Party Charter partners.

The agreement was signed last year by the DA, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), Freedom Front Plus, ActionSA and the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) among others.

The official opposition currently has 22.44% of the national vote with just over 71% of the voting districts having been completed.

 

Speaking from the National Results Operations Centre in Midrand as the results continue to trickle in, Steenhuisen says, “My first port of call is going to be with my Multiparty Charter partners. We’re 10 other parties. Once the final results are up, we will have a meeting and we will discuss together what, together, what we think the next step forward should be for us to work together. We’ve built up enormous trust over the last year of working together and the joint policy synthesis that we’ve been working with, the joint approach has led to quite a good working relationship and so I would like to chat with them before we open up any other discussion channels with other.”

Reporter: But you’re not ruling out the governing party?

Steenhuisen: “I’m not ruling anything out at this stage. But I think it’s too premature to make a call either way.”

2024 Elections | ‘DA not ruling anything out, but first loyalty is to multiparty charter’: Steenhuisen

Electoral Court to hear Khumalo’s urgent application against IEC

Electoral Court to hear Khumalo’s urgent application against IEC

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The Electoral Court will hear Jabulani Khumalo’s urgent application against the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) next Monday. Khumalo, the founder of the uMkhonto weSizwe Party (MK), was expelled earlier this year.

Khumalo is asking the court to declare the IEC’s decision to remove him as the leader of the MK Party and instead record former President Jacob Zuma as the party leader invalid, unlawful, and to set it aside.

This court challenge takes place while preliminary results show the MK party making significant gains in KwaZulu-Natal, leading the province at 45% with 36 % of the voting districts counted. The party has also surpassed the EFF on the national ballot, with 51% of the voting districts counted and the MK party currently at 10.77%.

Khumalo is asking the court to declare him as the President of the MK party with immediate effect. In his court papers, Khumalo argues that the Commission acted outside the scope of the Electoral Commission Act when it recorded Zuma as the President of the new political organisation.

Khumalo also alleges that Zuma’s daughter, Duduzile Zuma-Sambudla, forged his signature on a document submitted to the IEC to create the impression that he was stepping down and that Zuma would be his replacement.

The court’s decision will impact the leadership of the MK party.

2024 Elections | ‘I’m still MK party leader’: Jabulani Khumalo

DA takes Ramaphosa to court over pre-elections national address

DA takes Ramaphosa to court over pre-elections national address

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) has filed papers at the Electoral Court against President Cyril Ramaphosa over Sunday’s address to the nation.

The party accuses Ramaphosa of being in violation of the Electoral Act and is asking that the votes of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to be reduced by one percent.

In a televised address on Sunday, the President highlighted the successes of the 6th administration as the country goes to the polls tomorrow.

The DA accuses Ramaphosa of abusing his position and public funds to campaign for the ANC.

The official opposition says the president used his position as head of state to garner votes for the governing party.

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Signing of NHI Bill into law an election gimmick: Malema

Signing of NHI Bill into law an election gimmick: Malema

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Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme will not be implemented. Malema has described the signing of the NHI Bill into law, as an election gimmick used to garner support for the governing ANC.

The EFF is among several organisations that have rejected the move.

The party held its final “Tshela Thupa” rally at the Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane, Limpopo, yesterday.

Malema says the EFF would introduce a health care system in which clinics operate for 24 hours if it were voted into power.

“They are just saying you are going to go to the hospitals free of charge. They are lying. They were signing it because it was an election gimmick. They were playing with the feelings of our people. We will introduce a national healthcare system that will have clinics that will operate 24/7 that will have ambulances, that will have doctors, that will have nurses and I will ensure that those clinics do not close at 4 o’clock.”

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EFF vows to ‘fight criminality and corruption’ if elected into power

EFF vows to ‘fight criminality and corruption’ if elected into power

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The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says the party will fight criminality and corruption if elected into government after Wednesday’s elections.

Malema says this includes fighting corruption among politicians.

The leader of the country’s third largest party addressed party supporters at the Peter Mokaba stadium in Polokwane, Limpopo.

The party is holding its final “Tshela Thupa” rally as the country gears up for Wednesday’s polls.

Malema says as part of tackling corruption, the party will raid President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala farm where a substantial amount of US dollars was stolen.

“We are ready to lead the government of South Africa from now onwards. We are ready to fight all kinds of criminals in our country including the corruption of the politicians. No politician will be left unattended.”

“Comrades, when we take over South Africa, we are going to open Phala Phala and we are going to raid Phala Phala because we suspect there are more dollars left at Phala Phala.”

Malema says the apartheid regime did not end in 1994.

He says the high municipal rates and taxes are a deliberate attempt to keep the black majority from affluent spaces.

The EFF leader says South Africans cannot claim to be liberated when the unemployment rate is the highest in the world and when inequality is rife.

“When you want to buy a house, you don’t qualify for a bond. When you want to buy a car, you don’t qualify for finance. When you want to open a small business, you don’t qualify for finance. When you want to go to university, you don’t qualify for finance.”

“Today, you want to go and swim. If you don’t have money, you will never go and swim. How can you be free when we are going through hunger? When more than 40% of the young people of South Africa are unemployed,” explains Malema.

Below video is the EFF’s Tshela Thupa rally