CAPE TOWN Sunny. Cool.

MIN16
MAX22
7 day
  • Friday 15-20°c High level clouds. Cool. High level clouds. Cool.
    Saturday 14-20°c Mostly sunny. Cool. Mostly sunny. Cool.
    Sunday 15-20°c More sun than clouds. Cool. More sun than clouds. Cool.
    Monday 16-22°c Sprinkles early. Morning clouds. Cool. Sprinkles early. Morning clouds. Cool.
    Tuesday 16-23°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
    Wednesday 16-23°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
More News

Promises and insults fly at rallies

2014-05-03 20:00

Johannesburg - Promises were made and insults at opposition parties hurled during political party rallies held across the country on Saturday, the fifth day before South Africans head to the polls.

The thousands of "bluenamis" gathered at the Democratic Alliance's final rally at the Coca Cola Dome in Johannesburg were told by party leader Helen Zille that they had the power to dismiss a government if they were unhappy with its service delivery.

"Remember that in a democracy, the government is supposed to work for you... You hire with your vote and you fire with your vote."

Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane urged people not to waste their vote on potentially fly-by-night parties.

"South Africans must not be fooled by one election wonders. We are not guaranteed that they [EFF] will be around in 2019," he told reporters at the event.

He promised that if the DA won Gauteng, a referendum on whether e-tolls should continue would be held.

He also said that, if elected, he would create "hundreds of thousands of apprenticeships" and build new schools in the province.

Meanwhile at the Bekkersdal sports ground, African National Congress chairperson Baleka Mbete said that the DA in the Western Cape was concerned with helping white people.

"What are the priorities for them are the issues of privileged white people... Black communities are not a priority to the DA," she told those gathered at the rally in the township west of Johannesburg.

Mbete said that government had become "more hands on".

"We will engage," she said.

Speaking in Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape, United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa deemed the "last years of ANC rule" a "tragedy" and the executives in government as "shameless".

Holomisa said that, if he came into power in the Eastern Cape, he would turn it into a "model province in terms of all development goals".

Agang SA held a media briefing on Saturday in central Johannesburg, while African Christian Democratic Party president Kenneth Meshoe spoke at a rally in Atteridgeville.

It was also announced on Saturday that President Jacob Zuma would be casting his vote on Wednesday in Nkandla, in Kwazulu-Natal. Zuma has a traditional homestead located in the area.

Download the app by visiting one of these app stores.

  

NEW! Explore previous National and Provincial election results with our interactive Results Maps by clicking here.

- SAPA
Read more on: anc  |  udm  |  agang sa  |  da  |  mmusi maimane  |  kenneth meshoe  |  helen zille  |  jacob zuma  |  bantu holomisa  |  baleka mbete  |  elections 2014

More In This Category
Cadres must be competent: Mantashe

The appointment of individuals to top positions in municipalities must be based on competence and not on political connections, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe says.

All top ANC members to get time off

The ANC's electioneering campaign has taken its toll on all members, not only President Jacob Zuma, the party says.

Zuma in Pretoria hospital

Other than saying it is in Pretoria, the presidency will not disclose "for privacy reasons" the name of the hospital where President Jacob Zuma is undergoing tests.

Zuma admitted to hospital

UPDATE 13:46: An "exhausted" President Jacob Zuma has been admitted to hospital for unspecified tests.

Comments
Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
91 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
News24 |  OLX  |  PriceCheck  |  Property24  |  Kalahari.com  |  Careers24