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Political parties make big election promises

2014-02-24 08:40
Johannesburg - The election season is now in full swing as both the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters launched their manifestos at the weekend while Agang SA and the ACDP also did some electioneering.

At the DA’s manifesto launch on Sunday, party leader Helen Zille focused on job creation, promising to create six million “real jobs”, Sapa reported.

"Jobs are possible. Six million real and permanent jobs are within our grasp if we seize the moment at this election... We will stop politicians and their families doing business with government."

Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele delivered her Citizens’ State of the Nation address on Sunday at Constitution Hill, Eyewitness News reported.

Ramphele hit out at the ANC, calling it a party of lies.

At the end of January the DA announced Ramphele as its presidential candidate but mere days later the set-up fell apart.

50% salary hikes for public servants
Meanwhile, EFF leader Julius Malema has promised teachers, nurses, police officers and other public servants a 50% salary increase if his party comes to power.

Malema told the thousands of supporters who had gathered at Mehlareng Stadium in Tembisa that the time had come for them to liberate themselves as those entrusted to do so had failed them.

"20 years has proved that those trusted with giving us a better life have sold out. You must be your own liberators," he said.

Meanwhile, just a few kilometres away from where the EFF were launching their manifesto, the ANC Youth League held an election festival where party leaders mocked the former ANCYL leader and his new party.

Sapa quoted ANC national executive committee member Pule Mabe as saying Malema was running a backyard revolution.

"Malema's is a backyard revolution... he is a surrogate, a known demagogue," Mabe said at the festival.

"He calls himself a commander-in-chief, he is actually a commander of chancers... Floyd [Shivambu] is there to be sent to do whatever [Malema] wants done."

Strengthening police

The African Christian Democratic Party also promised to address poverty, unemployment, inequality, crime, sub-standard education and healthcare through its policies, its president Kenneth Meshoe said on Saturday.

"Our policies aim to address these challenges, restore integrity and investor confidence, and protect and strengthen families," Meshoe said in a statement.

He said his party would boost employment, reduce poverty and achieve an annual economic growth of 7%.

Meshoe said that should the party govern, it would also strengthen all police units and ensure comprehensive training to improve the capacity to investigate and prosecute crime successfully.

He also said the ACDP would reintroduce the Scorpions and strengthen the offices of the auditor general, public protector, SA Police Service, Special Investigating Unit, Asset Forfeiture Unit, and the National Prosecuting Authority.
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