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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.

Siyangqoba Rally a call to action for a new growth, says Ramaphosa
5 May 2019, 2:45 PM

African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa says the party’s final election rally dubbed the Siyanqoba Rally is a call to action for a new growth path and renewal.

He addressed a packed 62 000-seater Ellis Park Stadium on Sunday afternoon with the adjacent 37 000 capacity Johannesburg Stadium being used as an overflow.

Ramaphosa says they have listened to the cry of ordinary South Africans for a better life.

“We’ve heard young and old, women and men, African, Coloured, Indian and White. We’ve heard them speak with many voices. They have spoken to us of their aspirations, their concerns, as well as their frustrations and we have said, yes, we’ve heard them.”

Some political parties have been holding their last election rallies ahead of the crucial national elections on Wednesday.

Earlier Ramaphosa told party supporters that the ANC was ready to serve the people of South Africa with dignity. He said the ANC had accepted all the mistakes it had committed in the past.

He says, “ANC has commended itself for its commitment to ensuring gender parity on its lists to parliament and the nine provincial legislatures.” He adds that it is only the ANC that sees women as being competent to lead.

RDP
City of C Town hands over houses in Nyanga
4 May 2019, 9:35 PM

The City of Cape Town has handed over 20 new houses to beneficiaries of the Nyanga Housing Project. The beneficiaries of the KTC Phase 3 housing development project includes the elderly and those with special needs.

Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlements, Malusi Booi, says the multimillion rand project is committed to empowering some of the most vulnerable residents in the area.

He says the project is expected to provide housing for more than 235 beneficiaries by April next year.

“We handed houses over with a project of 235 units with a value of over R44 million to the elderly people and the vulnerable which include your disabled people and child headed households,” says Booi.

Siza Nongqunga
ATM wants the return of the death penalty
4 May 2019, 8:53 PM

The African Transformation Movement (ATM) remains pegged to reintroducing the death penalty. Addressing a youth gathering in the Eastern Cape, the founder of the organisation, Sisa Nonqgunga said the party is resolute in its stand.

The ATM is certain it will take over governance in the Eastern Cape. The party says it is looking to restore peace, morality and ethics in the country.

The party says there is nothing sinister about their call for peace and the return of the death penalty.

“There is nothing wrong with that … If you kill, you must face consequences. The people will not be killed by us but God,” Nonqgunga defends.

Members said the party’s principles attracted them to the party.

ATM member, Monica Xoki says ,”There is crime and immorality all round. What attracted me here is the call for peace.”

Another member Andile Twenani says “I was attracted by the values of the ATM which is peace and transformation”.

The party is adamant it will govern the Eastern Cape despite fears of vote rigging.

Nongqunga has also called for the establishment of a new body to oversee elections, saying they believe the African National Congress (ANC) has captured the IEC.

“We will beat the ANC even if there is rigging of this king. To them it is fair that the deceased people may be resurrected on that day and vote for ANC, Then one would wonders, how free and fair are we expecting this elections to be and you start to wonder what is the relationship between the ANC and the IEC.”

APC leader promises much-needed change
4 May 2019, 8:51 PM

African People’s Convention (ACP) leader, Themba Godi promised his party will enact much-needed change in the country. He was on the election stump in Vosloorus on Saturday.

Godi is hopeful his party will attain a million votes.

A resounding welcome for African People’s Convention leader, Themba Godi as these potential voters say they are tired of other political parties who have not kept their promises.

“ We have been supporting these political parties but no change. We hope Godi will do something for us,” says APC member.  Another lamented “I’ve been staying here for a long time, but there is no change in our community.”

A resident of Vosloorus says, “Our hope solely lies with Themba Godi. We hope he gives us the land we have all been waiting for.”

Themba Godi says the APC is home to everyone.

“This is the target we have set for ourselves and the effort is that of the task forces on the ground it’s something I can’t explain or describe in words and the momentum that I see in provinces like Limpopo, your KZN, your Eastern Cape, your Free State. It’s quite amazing and very humbling for me as a leader to see our members giving their all,” says Godi.

For now, the baton is in the hands of the voters. The APC can only hope it’s message has found resonance throughout the country.

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