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Almost half of FF Plus candidates in Cape Town are coloured

2016-07-20 12:06

Cape Town - Nearly half of the FF Plus candidates for the Cape Town metro in the upcoming local elections are coloured.

Dr Pieter Mulder, leader of the FF Plus, told Netwerk24 on Tuesday that his party’s membership has grown and they will contest more wards this time.

The party launched a new internet platform to make it easier for voters to see who their ward candidates are.

- Election map: How the FF Plus did previously

André Fourie, a FF Plus councillor for Cape Town, says at least 20 of their candidates in wards like Bonteheuwel, Parow and Athlone come from coloured communities. 

“Coloured people contacted us because they are tired of the DA and ANC’s promises. They like the FF Plus's stance on minority rights. They see themselves as members of a minority just as we see ourselves as a minority and thus we found common ground.”

Fourie says the employment equity case against the Department of Correctional Service also had an impact on the coloured community.

Rashaad Davids, FF Plus candidate for Bonteheuwel, said he is proud to be making a positive change.

“As a coloured person, I do not feel like I am part of this country. It feels like there is no future for us. It is not about me, but about my children’s feature.

“In Bonteheuwel people kill each other over nothing. There is no respect for live and nobody is doing anything about it. Our people feel it was better under the Boer government because we are in a reverse apartheid. That is why I decided to stand as a candidate.”

According to Mulder, the party has grown by 30%.

“We weren’t planning to stand in so many wards, but the reaction came from grassroots level – mostly from the Western Cape. 

“We don’t necessarily keep track of the race of our members, but we have a number of coloured and black candidates in areas of the Western Cape and in Eldorado Park (Johannesburg).”

The party is contesting 3 000 wards in all nine provinces.

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