CAPE TOWN Numerous showers. Afternoon clouds. Mild.

MIN15
MAX17
7 day
  • Thursday 15-17°c Showers early. Morning clouds. Mild. Showers early. Morning clouds. Mild.
    Friday 14-16°c Morning clouds. Cool. Morning clouds. Cool.
    Saturday 13-16°c Sunny. Cool. Sunny. Cool.
    Sunday 13-16°c Sunny. Cool. Sunny. Cool.
    Monday 11-18°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
    Tuesday 13-19°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
More News

Zille accepts 'elecnomination' challenge

2014-04-01 07:20
helen zille

NOTE: This was an April Fool's Day joke and is not based on fact. Comments revealing the prank were hidden earlier.

Cape Town - With the elections just over a month away, the Democratic Alliance announced on Tuesday that party leader Helen Zille is to step up her campaign by getting closer to the party's target voters.

In a media statement, the party said Zille would be forgoing her normal lifestyle as Western Cape premier and be moving into the township of Khayelitsha for the last two weeks before the 7 May elections. Other party leaders would take over her final campaign commitments.

According to the statement, Zille believed that one could not put oneself forward as a presidential candidate without experiencing and truly understanding how the average South African lived.

She therefore decided to go and live in a shack in Khayelitsha, surviving on a minimum wage and experiencing the controversial bucket toilet system.

"I'm not afraid to get my hands dirty," Zille said, unlike "other" politicians who were happy to live off the taxpayers' hard-earned rands.

Elecnomination

The campaign forms part of a larger elecnomination drive aimed at encouraging politicians to live life as an average South African.

The elecnominations are inspired by the raknomination drive started earlier this year. To view 24.com’s raknomination click here.

Zille told News24 her elecnomination would be extended to all parties standing in the 2014 elections.  “It’s important we get to know the communities voting for us.”

ANC Western Cape spokesperson Thando Flungdungane said Zille's announcement "smacked of political opportunism" in the run-up to the elections. "We all know she's just doing this to make newspaper headlines."

The spokesperson added that former human settlements minister Tokyo Sexwale had done the same thing in 2009, spending a night in Diepsloot. "It didn't really help him much," he said, referring to Sexwale losing his ministerial role in a subsequent Cabinet reshuffle.


Read more on: cape town  |  politics  |  elections 2014

More In This Category
EFF the only party to battle ANC – Malema

The EFF is the only party that will truly be able to contest the elections against the ANC, unless the IEC rigs votes, party leader Julius Malema says.

Media taking side of the oppressor – Malema

EFF leader Julius Malema says the media unfairly project his party as violent, while the ANC is "the most violent party".

EFF candidates must be 'hard working community people' - Malema

The EFF will select its candidates for the local government elections based on their work ethic, party leader Julius Malema says.

Malema wades into Zuma

EFF leader Julius Malema has used a speech in KZN to lambast a "selfish" President Jacob Zuma as well as "immature and backward people" in the province "who do not know what democracy is".

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
95 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
News24 |   OLX  |  Property24  |  Careers24  |  Spree  |