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KSD municipal mayor resigns
26 April 2019, 8:14 PM

King Sabatha Dalindyebo (KSD) municipal mayor in the Eastern Cape, Dumani Zozo, has resigned. This comes after amid calls from unions South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) and Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (IMATU) for his removal, accusing him of corruption, maladministration and misuse of funds.

The municipality has been in turmoil for the past six months with SAMWU and IMATU workers on strike.

African National Congress (ANC) provincial leaders have visited the area. Provincial secretary Lulama Ngcukaitobi says they welcome Zozo’s resignation.

“The ANC in the Eastern Cape welcomes the resignation of Zozo as the executive mayor of the KSD municipality. We wish and think that this gives us an opportunity for the renewal and unity of that particular municipality, for the purpose of better servicing the community around,” says Ngcukaitobi.

Prasa suspends its W Cape security Head after Easter weekend torching
26 April 2019, 2:04 PM

The Passenger Rail Agency, Prasa, has suspended its Head of Security in the Western Cape, Ernest Hendricks, along with a security company following the torching of two trains at Cape Town Station during the Easter Weekend.

Twelve carriages were torched causing damage worth R33 million.

A suspect has appeared in court after he was allegedly spotted on the scene on surveillance cameras.

Prasa’s Group Chief Strategy Officer, Sipho Sithole, says the suspensions are not meant to cast blame on Hendricks and the security company. He says they will allow for an investigation into the incident to be carried out by an independent body.

“We have a security company deployed at Cape Town Train Station. So, we do not expect any security lapse or any compromising of our safety and security interventions …” says Sithole.

FF+
Elections 2019: Freedom Front Plus
26 April 2019, 12:08 PM

Abbreviation: FF+

The Freedom Front Plus will be contesting the national and provincial elections in all 9 provinces.

The party was formed in 1994.

The party leader is Pieter Groenewald

The party 2019 election manifesto:

The party has participated in the National elections since 1994. In the previous national election, the party got 165 715 votes, securing it 4 seats in the National Assembly.

In 2014 the party got 1 seat in 3 provincial legislatures, in the Free State, Gauteng and North West.

In local government elections in 2016 the party secured 0.8% votes in municipalities across the country.

 

COPE
Elections 2019: Congress of the People
26 April 2019, 5:49 AM

Abbreviation: COPE

The Congress of the People (COPE) will be contesting elections at National and Provincial level for the third time since 2009. The party was formed in 2008 after several high profile political leaders broke away from the ruling ANC party.

The party leader is Mosiuoa Lekota.

Cope’s 2019 election manifesto:

The party leader speech:

The party contested in the 2009 and 2014 elections

In the 2009 national elections the party got 1 311 027 votes, securing 30 seats in the National Assembly. In 2014 the party got a total of 123 235 votes, which gave it 3 seats.

In the Provincial elections in 2009 the party got 9 seats in the Eastern Cape, 4 seats on Free State, 6 seats in Gauteng, 1 seat in KwaZulu-Natal, 4 seats in Limpopo, 1 seat in Mpumalanga, 3 seats in North West, 5 seats in Northern Cape and 3 seats in the Western Cape.

 

 

 

 

United Movement Movement
Elections 2019: United Democratic Movement
23 April 2019, 10:46 PM

Abbreviation: UDM

In the 2019 elections the United Democratic Movement (UDM) will be contesting seats in the national and all nine provincial elections.

The party was founded in 1997 by among others former Transkei army general Bantu Holomisa, who leads the party to this day.

The 2019 party manifesto: 

The president’s speech: 

The United Democratic Movement won 14 seats in the National Assembly in 1994. It won 4 seats in  the 2009 elections and again 4 in the 2014 national elections.

In Provincial elections, the party has secured seats in six provinces since 1999.

 

At local government level, it participates in coalition governments in Gauteng and in the Eastern Cape.

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