EFF contests KZN by-elections for the first time

By Drum Digital
06 May 2015

The opposition Economic Freedom Fighters, which has contested very few by-elections since its launch as a political party, will take part in by-elections in KwaZulu-Natal for the first time on Wednesday.

The opposition Economic Freedom Fighters, which has contested very few by-elections since its launch as a political party, will take part in by-elections in KwaZulu-Natal for the first time on Wednesday.

Until now, Julius Malema's party has often opted to support independent candidates.

A total of 19 by-elections will be held in the disbanded Mtubatuba municipality.

The municipality's council was dissolved in February following a decision by the provincial cabinet. This followed political instability in the area.

The IEC gave parties until April 7 to submit notice of intention to contest by-elections in the municipality, their party list and relevant documents and deposits.

Voters in the municipality would be given two ballot papers - one for the ward and one for the PR candidates.

‘Outrageous corruption’

EFF MPL in the province Vusi Khoza said support for the party was growing in the province and he was confident it would do well during the by-elections.

"People understand the municipality was disbanded on the basis that it was dysfunctional and there was outrageous corruption [happening there]," he told News24.

"The existing parties in the municipality, the IFP, NFP and ANC have failed the community... So people are looking for an alternative. That influences the people to say we are looking for something different," Khoza said.

Of the 19 by-elections being held in Mtubatuba, the EFF is contesting seven.

The African National Congress and Inkatha Freedom Party have been campaigning in the area as well ahead of the by-election.

The ANC, IFP and DA are contesting all 19 wards.

The ANC previously represented 10 wards in the area and IFP nine.

The National Freedom Party will be contesting 15 wards and the African Independent Congress contesting 18.

The KwaZulu-Natal department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs urged people in Mtubatuba to go vote on Wednesday.

Source: News24wire.com

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