ACDP women’s organiser impressed with PMB turnout

2011-04-18 00:00

LYDIA Meshoe, wife of African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) leader, Kenneth Meshoe, was in Pietermaritzburg last week drumming up support ahead of the local government elections.

She said membership of the ACDP in Msunduzi has grown to the extent that the party is able to field 24 ward candidates.

She is struck by the large turnout at ACDP meetings, she said, and one of the largest crowds drawn was in Copesville. Meshoe, who is active in organising women within the party, credits this growth to people looking to the ACDP for hope.

“People are despondent and despairing. They just need to be given hope and they see this in the ACDP,” Meshoe said.

The party’s deputy president, Wayne Thring, said comments about minorities by government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi play into the hands of other political parties. “We are sensing an irritability on the ground and an unhappiness, especially here in Pietermaritzburg where the municipality is in a mess,” said Thring.

Msunduzi councillor Imdelda Mzila said people are looking for alternative political parties as infighting continues in both the ANC and the IFP. She said people are looking to the ACDP as a party that offers stability and peace.

Meshoe says this stability comes from having members in government who know how the system works and a history of involvement with communities.

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