EFF opts out of Mpumalanga by-elections

By Drum Digital
25 November 2013

The Economic Freedom Fighters will not contest by-elections due to take place in Mpumalanga.

The Economic Freedom Fighters will not contest by-elections due to take place in Mpumalanga on Wednesday.

The EFF's national head of campaigns Goodridge Gaddi told a Sapa correspondent on Monday the party was instead focusing its energy on winning next year's general elections.

"EFF has taken a decision not to contest the local government by-elections, although there are EFF sympathisers who asked EFF to help them in campaigns as they go independently.

"Our energy is for the party to win the national government election next year. You know we are a government in waiting," said Gaddi.

Provincial Independent Electoral Commission spokesman Sibusiso Nkosi said by-elections would be held in five wards on Wednesday.

"A total of 25,403 voters are registered in the five wards where by-elections will be taking place," he said.

Thirteen candidates representing four political parties and three independent candidates were contesting the by-elections.

Gaddi said "when" the EFF took over government after the general elections next year the party would disband under-performing municipalities.

"These municipalities are rotten. When we take over the under-performing municipalities will be entirely disbanded and they have to register again for elections.

"Municipalities like Thaba Chweu, Mbombela, Nkomazi, and Bushbuckridge and others will be disbanded; maybe we can leave the likes of Steve Tshwete and those who are doing good in terms of the auditor general's findings," he said.

-by Sapa

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