The leader of Afrikan Alliance of Social Democrats (AASD) in the Free State, who is also the former mayor of Mangaung Municipality, Pappie Mokoena says his party wants to restore the financial stability to the metro.
The party was established in 2016. Mokoena says they intend to bring accountability where they will govern.
It was contesting elections for the first time since its establishment.
It says it believes effective citizen participatory democracy is the bedrock of determination of the people’s will and mandate.
The party was formed in response to what the party terms a lack of political and administrative accountability by government at different levels.
Since 2016, the metro’s financial position had deteriorated to such an extent that unspent conditional grants, namely the urban settlements development grant, the municipal disaster recovery grant, and the public transport network grant, were utilised to fund operational activities.
This had a negative impact on infrastructure development. The continued lapses in financial management resulted in suppliers not being paid within 30 days. In particular, the long-outstanding amounts owed to the water board prompted regular interruptions of the water supply, which was an infringement of citizens’ basic human needs.