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Zuma urges voters not to gamble with their votes
5 May 2019, 8:25 PM

Former African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma has urged South Africans to turnout in their numbers and vote for the ANC.

He joined ANC members in Pietermaritzburg at the party’s Siyanqoba rally on Sunday.

Zuma says voters should not gamble with their votes by choosing parties that have no experience in running government.

“The ANC has led government for over 25 years. We have experience to govern. I urge all South African citizens not to make a mistake and gamble with their votes and elect someone you do not even know they have experience to govern your country.

“You cannot vote for someone who also is aware that they will not win these coming elections; they will only get few votes. If you truly want your votes to work and be part of decision making in the country vote the ANC,” says Zuma.

Patricia de Lille promises to continue the ‘good’ fight
5 May 2019, 7:53 PM

Leader of the GOOD Party, Patricia de Lille, says she will continue to fight for the integration of the people of Cape Town who were forcibly removed from their areas under the apartheid government’s Group Areas Act.

She wrapped up her election campaign on an open piece of land in the CBD on Sunday.

De Lille says her fights with the Democratic Alliance (DA) started after it refused to support the idea of making the land available for suitable affordable housing. She says she will continue to fight against what she calls special injustice.

“We come here to illustrate what is possible, what can we do to integrate our City, I think as all leaders around the country have failed to integrate our Cities and towns and I just become more determined when I travel around the country in all provinces and see apartheid special planning is still alive and well,” says de Lille.

IEC
Umzinyathi District Municipality ready for May 8 polls
5 May 2019, 6:21 PM

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) says it does not expect any disruptions during voting in the Umzinyathi district, in northern KwaZulu-Natal, on Wednesday.

The commission’s area manager, Mbozeni Ndlovu, says infrastructure in Dundee, Msinga, Nquthu and Umvoti was not damaged during the recent floods that lashed the province recently.

Ndlovu says the IEC is ready to open all voting stations and to conduct home visits to the 6,800 registered special voters. “Yes, in fact, it’s the figure that we will be dealing with starting tomorrow[Monday]. We will see how far can we go but we are ready. We are ready to visit all of them and we are ready to welcome those who will be visiting our voting stations,” says Ndlovu.

IEC officials in Port Shepstone, on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, say they are also ready.

Special votes

Special voting across the country will start at 7 o’clock on Monday.

IEC regional manager in the Ugu District Municipality, Sphiwe Yeni, says officials are confident that everything is in order. He says the IEC is in constant contact with road authorities to ensure that all voting stations are accessible.

“We are ready to begin with we have made significant progress in terms of preparing for tomorrow we have made sure that all our systems are in order as I speak I had concluded a meeting with one of the Department of Transport senior managers to confirm if the road infrastructure is being repaired and will it be ready by tomorrow until Wednesday I can assure you that everything is pointing out to us being successfully able to deliver special voting for our voters tomorrow,” says Yeni.

Yeni says the IEC will make alternative plans for voters who might not be able to reach voting stations due to roads that were damaged by the heavy rains that lashed the province during the Easter period.

“There is quite a number of roads in our district a lot of work has already been done by the municipalities and we are left with completing just a few, which are problematic. There is one in Esperanza, under Umdoni Municipality, there is one in ward five under Umzumbe municipality and there is also one under Ray Nkonyeni. It’s just one of the road here and there, but I must hasten to say that there are alternative routes should there be a need that we do not continue to use those roads currently in their state. We do have alternative routes. We also have alternative plans to ensure that voters that are hindered by the roads are able to cast and to access voting stations without any problems,” says Yeni.

Bonella residents threaten to boycott

Angry residents of Bonella in the eThekwini Municipality are threatening to boycott Wednesday’s polls if local government continues with its plans to evict them.

It is alleged that more than 200 residents have been forcefully evicted from their homes due to unpaid levies.

The municipality and the provincial Human Settlements Department are committed to resolving the issue.

Community activist, Phanuel Zuma says, “We as the community we’ve taken a resolution, we’ve been very kind on this matter. We’ve followed each and every corrective manner in trying to resolve the matter and should we not be taken seriously we will reserve our votes. Our government has to know that we cannot have the elderly citizens troubled. We as the community of Bonella will stand still if we don’t see any action especially from the municipality. They need to come on board.”

Traffic
35 arrested for drunk driving in Western Cape
5 May 2019, 5:16 PM

35 people have been arrested for drunk driving in the Western Cape since the start of the weekend.

Provincial Traffic Chief, Kenny Africa, says officers also nabbed a driver for being five times over the legal alcohol limit in Worcester, in the Boland.

He says officers made 7 other arrests for various offences, including reckless and negligent driving, possession of mandrax and a stolen vehicle.

“2,172 vehicles were stopped and 819 drivers were tested for alcohol. The highest reading recorded was a reading of 1.41mg/1000ml in Breede valley in Worcester. We also arrested three motorist for being in possession of false documentation; one in Beaufort West in the Karoo and another one in Mossel Bay in the Southern Cape and also one in Swellendam,” says Africa.

PAC Mzwanele Nyonstho
PAC confident it will increase its support base
5 May 2019, 4:21 PM

The Pan African Congress (PAC) is confident that it will increase its support base in the general elections on Wednesday.

This emerged at the party’s final rally in Centane, Eastern Cape, on Sunday.

PAC General Secretary, Apa Pooe, says they are targeting provinces like the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and the North West.

He says the PAC can tackle most of the challenges facing the Eastern Cape. High unemployment rate and poor school infrastructure are some of the problems the province is grappling with.

“On top of the agenda here in the Eastern is to create opportunities for the people of the Eastern Cape. We have realized that most of the people here migrate to other provinces because of lack of employment because of many other things that are important. You talk of sports, art and recreation there is a lot that can be done in this province. So we need to make sure that we enhance such programmes so that there is opportunity in this province,” says Pooe.

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