ACDP says polls show it is growing

2014-03-13 00:00

THE ACDP is aiming to obtain at least 2,5% of votes in the provincial elections to be held on May 7, premier candidate Joann Downs said yesterday.

Speaking after the launch of the party’s manifesto in Durban, Downs said this target was within reach.

“The opinion polls show we are winning back the support we lost in 2009. There is also growth in the party,” she said.

Downs ascribed the ACDP loss of votes in the previous elections to the support President Jacob Zuma had among the African community while the DA took away white votes when it campaigned on the 2009 “fight back” election campaign. In her speech, she said the country was heading for a crisis of poverty and in­equality.

“A hope for a great future means the possibility of all South Africans achieving a decent standard of living,” she said.

She also said the hope for the future should mean spending on infrastructure to create job opportunities and provide development such as water, roads and electricity in disadvantaged areas.

“We should be spending 30% of gross domestic product to boost the economy, but KwaZulu-Natal has allocated only 13% of its budget to this,” she said.

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