EFF opts out of Mpuma by-elections

2013-11-24 21:30
(EFF website)

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Mbombela - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have decided not to contest local government by-elections that will take place in Mpumalanga on Wednesday.

EFF's national commissar for campaigns Goodridge Gaddi told African Eye News Service that the party is instead focusing its energy on winning next year's general elections.

"EFF has taken a decision not to contest the local government by-elections, although there are EFF sympathisers who asked EFF to help them in campaigns as they go independently. Our energy is for the party to win the national government election next year, you know we are a government in waiting," said Gaddi.

Provincial Independent Electoral Commission spokesperson Sibusiso Nkosi said by-elections will be held in five wards on Wednesday.“A total of 25 403 voters are registered in the five wards where by-elections will be taking place,” said Nkosi.

He said 13 candidates representing four political parties and three independent candidates are contesting in the by-elections.

The National Freedom Party and ANC will contest Ward 16 in the Mkhondo local municipality in Piet Retief while the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the ANC will contest Ward 22 in the Emalahleni local municipality in Witbank.

The ANC and two independent candidates will contest Ward 6 in the Thaba Chweu local municipality in Mashishing (formerly Lydenburg) while the Pan Africanist Congress, the ANC and independent candidates will contest wards 21 and 34 in the Mbombela local municipality in the provincial capital.

Gaddi further said "when" EFF takes over the government after the general elections next year, the party will disband underperforming municipalities.

"These municipalities are rotten, when we take over, the under-performing municipalities will be entirely disbanded and they have to register again for elections.

"Municipalities like Thaba Chweu, Mbombela, Nkomazi and Bushbuckridge and others will be disbanded; maybe we can leave the likes of Steve Tshwete and those who are doing good in-terms of the Auditor General’s findings,” said Gaddi.
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