Politicians on the campaign trail take it up a level

2016-06-10 19:21
Daily Maverick election event. (Twitter)

Daily Maverick election event. (Twitter)

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Johannesburg – Campaigning for the upcoming local elections is in full swing with politicians out in full force around the country on Friday.

Politicians took to the streets, encouraging people to vote as the campaign trail hots up ahead of the August 3 municipal elections.

Some party leaders participated in the 2016 edition of Daily Maverick's The Gathering in Midrand, an annual event where politicians are interviewed by journalists.

As part of the Siyahlola Presidential Monitoring Programme, President Jacob Zuma visited Kwaggafontein in Mpumalanga were he handed over three houses, the SABC reported on Twitter.

ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete visited Ward 77 at Olievenhoutbosch in Centurion, while deputy secretary general Jesse Duarte joined the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) in the Eastern Cape for the launch of its Red Friday election campaign.

ANC Treasurer general Zweli Mkhize, speaking at the Daily Maverick event, implied that the ANC's door was still open to considering written complaints about alleged state capture by the Gupta family.

'Coalitions not out of the question'

"In reality, the ANC takes these allegations seriously, but as far as we are concerned, we would resist any form of capturing the ANC," he said.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane took his campaign to Tshwane were he delivered the party's message to residents, its Twitter account said.

A few hours earlier at the Daily Maverick event, Maimane said coalitions were not out of the question and may be discussed after the elections.

"I always say to people, [coalitions] are just like at a football match, the matter of penalty shoot-outs, there is always the possibility of a shoot-out. But you don't go in there and debate penalty shoot-outs, you go in there to win," he said.

EFF leader Julius Malema raced off to QwaQwa in the Free State after attending the event. True to form, Malema went on the attack, threatening an armed struggle should the ANC pick a fight.

"If they [the ANC government] are fighting, we will fight, with everything we have. We are fighting the state violence. The state violence will be met with violence," he said.

Malema then warned that Zuma would get a third term because, "Everybody is too scared to oppose him".

Read more on:    julius malema  |  mmusi maimane  |  jacob zuma  |  johannesburg  |  local elections 2016

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