Ruling party risk losing Ward 34

2016-04-27 06:00

AS one of the Ward 34 residents, I am very worried about the forthcoming municipal elections in August­.

The ruling party is likely to lose Ward 34 (Cinderella Park, Eastwood, Panorama, Madiba and Malivana by a wide margin.

At the moment there is no stability within Ward 34 ruling party members, especially in their branch executive committee (BEC).

The process of deciding who is going to campaign as their Ward 34 Councillor candidate was allegedly forced down their throats.

In short Ward 34 residents are unhappy with the candidate who is hardly known by everybody or only­ known by a minority of a certain race group.

As a resident who is touched with Ward 34 politics and activities, our obvious, expected and popular choices were current Ward 34 chairperson Ivy Terry, Pius­ Zondi and Jerry Barnes.

Ward 34 residents are angry, shocked and crushed because their popular choices were sidelined and overlooked. I won’t be surprised if some of these names cross the floor and join opposition parties.

Zondi (Cinderella Park) is a long-serving Ward 34 member while Terry is a long serving chairperson in the ward, she is well versed and learnt the ropes from her late husband Wally Adams, also a Ward 34 councillor.

Barnes is one of the popular faces­ around the city, passionate, well-known Ward 34 BEC, community activist, humanitarian, sports personality, veteran journalist and currently involved with a lot of community projects around Ward 34.

The majority of people who are expected to vote for the ruling party will obviously come from Panorama and a lot of people from the same area were expecting Barnes to carry their hopes and future.

Disturbing allegations currently doing the rounds are that people are likely to lose interest in voting if Barnes is not one of the councillor candidates because the local municipality­ election campaign is likely to be fruitless.


Sifiso TSORO sKHAKHANE Ward 34

Ward 34 residents are
unhappy with the
candidate who is hardly known by everybody or only­ known by a minority of a certain race group

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