AIC to field candidates in KZN for the first time

2011-05-12 00:00

A GRASSROOTS political party, the African Independent Congress (AIC) established as a result of unhappiness over the demarcation process in Matatiele will be fielding candidates in KZN for the first time in this election.

The party previously contested elections in the Eastern Cape and although it was established only months before the 2006 local government election, the AIC won 10 seats in the Matatiele council.

It went on to win a provincial seat in the Eastern Cape government during the 2009 election and in this election it has fielded candidates in two provinces as well as in the soon to be metro council of Buffalo City.

Party leader Mandla Galo said his party was working towards contesting elections in four provinces in the next national election in 2014.

“The AIC is different from other political parties. It was formed post 1994 by ordinary people none of whom held office in any other political party nor were any of them members of parliament or councillors. We are a truly grassroots party,” Galo said.

The AIC spent the past two days canvassing in KZN in the Greater Kokstad municipality. Galo conducted a door-to-door in Bhongweni township.

“Kokstad is also targeted by the ANC as one of the areas to be incorporated into the Eastern Cape. The AIC is the only party that will defend people’s democratic right to choose where they want to live,” Galo added.

The party had a motorcade of 20 vehicles through Matatiele and also conducted a door-to-door campaign in the area.

Galo visited the old age home in Matatiele and the Taylor Bequest hospital. For more details on the AIC phone 039 737 3247.



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