Political Leaders visit Emzinoni

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The upcoming By-Elections on Wednesday started to heat up as all parties stareted to flex their muscles.
The By-elections on Wednesday will be a hotly contested on. Four parties will be competing in the By-election namely the Democratic Alliance (DA), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Freedom Front Plus (FF+) and the African National Congress (ANC).
The position was left vacant after the resignation of the previous DA Councillor Marietjie Fourie.
The contest is seen by most as a race between two parties namely the ANC and the DA.
The DA received 45% of the votes during the 2016 elections whereas the ANC secured 39.99%.
Three smaller parties contested the election, the EFF secured 4,19%, an Independant candidate secured 4,96% and the FF+ secured 4,93%. Any of the smaller parties would have to create miracles to topple the two biggest parties. The ANC support base lies mostly within the Emzinoni side of the ward as well as the EFF whilst the FF+ have a traditional voters base in the Bethal side of the ward. The DA’s support is spread throughout the ward.
Parties used all the support they could get to muster support for their candidate. The Freedom Front Plus’s Pieter Groenewald held a public meeting on Wednesday.
The DA’s Provincial Chairperson, Bosman Grobler, held a public meeting on Thursday.
Mmusi Maimane, Federal Leader of the Democratic Alliance visited Emzinoni and Bethal on Saturday. Mmusi went from house to house to learn firsthand about the hardships that the people of Govan Mbeki Municipality and in particular has to face.
Speaking to the Bulletin in a private discussion afterwards he said, “This is a two-horse race. Only the DA and the ANC are big enough to win the ward.”
“This is a very important by-election. We are in a municipality that ultimately has been stealing money and are incapable of paying Eskom and Rand water. Where corruption levels are so high that they have been spoken about at the Zondo Commission. The DA is for change.
The DA is the only party that is big enough to actually remove the corruption of the ANC. The DA is the only party where black people and white people can work together.” Mmusi expressed his confidence in the DA candidate, Terry-Lee Kleynhans.
Pieter Groenewald adressed the issue of being a smaller party. Pieter said that the FF= is no longer a small party but one of the big 5. “We make a difference with twelve members in parliament, tywo of which are in the National Council of Provinces. We represent minorities of all races.”
The Bulletin tried to contact the ANC for their commentary but were unable to make contact with Cllr Mtshali, the chief whip of council. The EFF was also contacted but also were keen to respond did not do so at the time of placing this article.
The Bulletin also planned a debate between the four candidates that would have been broadcasted on our Facebook on Tuesday.
The ANC could not be reached and the EFF was still deciding on their participation in the opportunity to voice their opinion and policies for this important by-election.
The FF+ did not respond to an email from the Bulletin. -Encee van Huyssteen

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