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DA's Manguang mayoral candidate vows to visit 50 wards in 50 days

2016-03-29 16:26
DA mayoral candidate for the 2016 Local Elections in Mangaung James Letuka. (Lizeka Tandwa, News24)

Mangaung – The DA's mayoral candidate for the 2016 local government elections in Mangaung, James Letuka, has vowed to do everything in his power to bring change in his area. 

Letuka's candidacy was announced on Tuesday afternoon at the DA's Free State office.

"I commit today that I will visit all 50 Mangaung wards over the next 50 days to hear concerns and aspirations, as well as to identify their [residents'] unique needs," Letuka said.

"I want to hear stories of joy and stories of hardship, before a Mangaung-specific election manifesto is presented."

In a statement, DA Free State chairperson Annelie Lotriet said Letuka's involvement in politics stretched over many decades and that the party had full confidence in his candidature.

"Together, we are committed to bring a DA-led government to Mangaung. A government committed to improving people's lives. A government guided by our underlying principles of freedom, fairness and opportunity," Lotriet said.

Letuka was a founding member of the South African Student Organisation, alongside Black Consciousness Leader Steve Biko.

He has served as a board member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee and as an executive member of Tennis SA. 

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and an Education Diploma from the University of the North, as well as a Master's degree in Education from the University of the Free State.

"Whether it is fixing potholes or building new roads in informal settlements, the DA has the expertise and the experience to deliver on both, at the same time. We can bring this good governance to Mangaung if the people vote us into office," Letika said.

"I will do everything in my power to hear, directly from the people, what exactly it is that they so desperately need from government, but are currently being denied by the failures of the ANC government."

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