Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) leader Pieter Groenewald has urged South Africans to go to the polls on the 1st of November because he says each and every vote counts.
Groenewald was speaking at the launch of the party’s manifesto which took place in Pretoria on Saturday. The party is urging people to vote for it under the slogan of “Stopping the Decay” in municipalities.
The party says that its values and principles have stayed consistent over time and its manifesto reflects this. It has its vision for South Africa’s municipalities outlined in a ten-point plan which deals with issues such as the need to employ suitably qualified staff, ensure accountability by elected officials, encourage the use of local suppliers and root out Affirmative Action and Black Economic Empowerment (BEE).
Groenewald says, “We will not tolerate Black Economic Empowerment. What we want is the best product at the best price to serve the taxpayers of the municipality. They always say BEE stands for Black Economic Empowerment, I say you are wrong it stands for Black Elite Enrichment.”
FF Plus on BEE and Affirmative Action:
Groenewald has committed the party to fight for minority rights saying that there is no real unity in diversity in South Africa. He says people need to embrace who and what they are and not be apologetic.
“We have seen it with the tourism equity fund if you are white you are excluded. We have seen that in an advertisement in eThekwini where the municipality advertised an auction of second-hand vehicles it says no whites, brown people or Indians are allowed to participate in this auction. It is discrimination and as the Freedom Front we will not tolerate the bullying of communities.”
The party leader also emphasised to supporters the importance of turning up at the polls.
“There are other political parties that say if your candidate that you voted for in the ward does not win the ward you have wasted your vote because there is only one elected in the ward. But it is a lie if you look at the electoral system, the formula determines that your vote in the ward is added to proportional vote so it is not a fact that you have wasted your vote, it is counting it is added to the proportional votes.”
The party has made it clear that post the elections it will not consider under any circumstances going into coalition with the ANC and EFF.