Bloemfontein - The Freedom Front Plus's “no service, no tax” election slogan was inspired by the new consumer law launched recently, party leader Pieter Mulder said on Thursday.
“It was to protect people from bad service,” said Mulder before taking a shovel and hauling gravel into an eroded pavement in Bloemfontein.
Shovelling gravel into the rain-damaged pavement was Mulder’s way of living up to the party's slogan “we do and not just talk”.
He said the party would contest 313 wards in Free State municipalities. It had many “young dynamic candidates” under 30 that would tackle local municipal issues, he said.
Referring to claims of bad service delivery in ANC municipalities, Mulder said out of 800 municipal sewerage works investigated for “Blue Drop status” only 32 municipalities made the grade.
“Of those 32 only four were from rural communities.”
On the recently-released Consumer Protection Act, Mulder said municipal services fell within its scope.
The ANC government had temporarily removed small- and medium-sized municipalities from the law’s jurisdiction, because, according to Mulder, it was scared of the effect this might have.
Speaking at the launch of the party's election manifesto in Pretoria last month, Mulder said the act gave consumers the right not to pay, or pay less for services or goods not properly delivered.
"We want to push this principle that if I pay taxes I must get services. Why must I pay if I don't get something back?"
On Thursday he urged Free State residents to vote to prevent the ANC from becoming too strong.
He also welcomed various former DA and Independent Democrat councillors in the Free State and Gauteng to the FF Plus.