Haniff Hoosen: Durban’s next mayor?

2016-03-14 06:27
Haniff Hoosen. (Facebook)

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Durban – eThekwini Metro DA mayoral candidate Haniff Hoosen believes that a local government driven by people and not politics will produce improved service delivery.

The announcement for Hoosen’s mayoral candidacy was officially made at the Stanmore Regioonal Hall in Phoenix, north of Durban to a 700 strong crowd on Sunday.

Speaking to News24, Hoosen said he believed the DA could bring the ruling ANC support to less than 50%.

“We have a fighting chance to bring the ANC below the 50% mark. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, voters have become dissatisfied with the ruling party and how they manage the city. Simple tasks such as refuse and street cleaning have become a challenge for the municipality.”

Hoosen said that a Quality of Life survey of eThekwini residents showed that more than 60% of people within the metro were dissatisfied with service delivery.

“I think people are beginning to see that places where the DA governs is highly successful. We talk about it, yes, but more and more people are experiencing it. Service delivery is happening and a good job is being done. People are starting to see that there is a better option than the ANC.”

According to Hoosen, the ANC’s internal factional battles were not unusual and showed that people did not come first.

“More and more people living in the city can see ANC politicians have more interests for their own future than the people. Our approach however, is very simple and straight forward. Put people before the politicians. This is why people have lost hope. ANC politicians spend millions on conferences and workshops and forget the people.”

What will I do?

Hoosen said that the biggest election challenge is ensuring people register and vote.

“Many South Africans reach a place of hopelessness. Despondent people tend to take a step back rather than forward. They have to realise they can change the government.”

Some of the changes Hoosen has promised includes ensuring housing is addressed and crime is reduced.

“It is interesting to see that eThekwini spent R54 million on bodyguards for ANC councillors. Instead they should be spending the money on making it safer for people. That’s one of the first things we will do when we take over. We have to be a people centred government, not politician centred.

“We have to eradicate the high levels of corruption and redirect it to where it is needed the most. We must also give people hope in that the city must take decisions to help people. Certain areas must not be treated better than others.”

Hoosen added that the DA would cater for all, even those not affiliated with the party.

“We will help people whether or not they vote for us. We have a government in place that looks after certain people and ignores others. Everyone in the city has the same rights, the same privileges whether or not they affiliate to the party.

“There should not be a situation where government gives homes and jobs to people affiliated with a certain party. If we do this, where then Nelson Mandela’s dream of one South Africa is gone. People have right to support any party, but when that party rules government, it is responsible for all people.” 

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