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Election News wrap-up: 10 April

2014-04-10 16:21
Politicians at the Daily Maverick's The Gathering conference in Johannesburg. (Source: Twitter/Power987 News)
Bloemfontein - Yesterday Agang SA released a statement in which Mamphela Ramphele said both the DA and the ANC have governed the Western Cape for the last 20 years, but have done little to improve the challenges faced in coloured communities.

She said the DA pretends that the major problem facing the coloured community is affirmative action.

“It is obviously a problem, but the social conditions facing this community are the real danger.” 

Two stories that were popular in the news today were those about the EFF. A trust was launched on Wednesday to collect funds to settle EFF leader Julius Malema's R16m SA Revenue Service (Sars) bill. This story sparked great a debate on our website with over 200 comments from readers. The other popular story was when EFF member Wiekus Kotze was arrested for fraud in Alberton, on the east Rand, early Thursday morning.

Wiekus Kotze with EFF leader Julius Malema. (Source: Facebook)

ANC secretary general Gwede Msntashe has been accused of using the issue of fracking as an election ploy.

Nkandla is still in the news after ANC chief whip Stone Sizani welcomed Parliament's decision to establish an ad hoc committee on this issue.

The DA welcomed the ad hoc committee to look into the Nkandla matter, but reiterated that it should use all of its powers. James Selfe for the DA said the mandate of the committee could well be limited by the ANC majority, but added that the ruling party "would be very silly" to do so.

Zwelenzima Vavi says the ANC has a good story to tell when it comes to social welfare. However, this is not the case economically.

"On hard-core economic transformation, it is not a good story," Vavi said

The Daily Maverick held The Gathering conference in Johannesburg today where various leaders of political parties were debating issues regarding elections. It was also here where Mamphela Ramphele accused the ANC of stealing her and other tax payers' money. The leaders were also asked why the youth should vote for them

Helen Zille and Mmusi Maimane today held a door-to-door election campaign in Jabulani, Soweto. They visited various people in the area. A woman said the DA promised to help with the jobs and housing issues the community faced. After the DA left she did, however, say that she didn't believe them.

On the most read list at 4pm:
EFF Afrikaner held for fraud
Malema trust launched to settle Sars bill
ANC stole my money - Ramphele
Nkandla articles 'white people's lies'
DA: Committee first step towards Zuma removal

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