Sanco urges citizens to be 'sober-minded' as they vote

2016-08-02 21:21
(Jenni Evans, News24)

Johannesburg – South Africans should ensure that they are in the right frame of mind when they vote on Wednesday, the SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) said on Tuesday.

"The South African National Civic Organisation appeals to all citizens of this country to be sober-minded when they cast their vote in the local government election of 2016," the body said in a statement.

"We cannot afford to undo all that has been achieved with the stroke of the pen when we cast our vote," Sanco national executive council member Dumisani Mthalane said.

"We need to ensure a sustained and stable local government structure, which will build on these gains."

Local government was the most important arm of government in ensuring that people's needs were met. Since the advent of democracy, much had been achieved to improve the quality of life for millions of people by providing housing, electricity, water and sanitation, healthcare, and education.

He said the EFF instigated chaos in the National Assembly and in provincial legislatures and if the party got a mandate at local government level, the same kind of chaos would prevail, Mthalane said.

"A vote for the EFF will only leave municipalities unable to agree on any matter before them, resulting in suffering for the communities," he said.

"This is the reason why we are sending this appeal to all voters to be sober-minded when they cast their ballots," said Mthalane.

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