President Cyril Ramaphosa started his multi province election campaign programme in Upington on Friday. He was campaigning in his capacity as President of the African National Congress (ANC). The visit marks Ramaphosa’s second visit to the province within a period of 2 months. Ramaphosa interacted with voters in Louisvale in Upington where he did door to door visits to the homes of the residents.
Upington is strategic for any party that intends to win the elections in the Northern Cape. The fact that the Coloured voters in the Upington area are the majority makes it a challenging area for political parties to campaign in. The ANC seems to have the ear and cross of the majority of Coloured voters in ZF Mcgawu district, unlike in Frances Baard, where the Democratic Alliance enjoys huge support amongst coloured communities. The 8 May polls seem to be very unpredictable as the number of parties increased and the electorate having more information at their disposal, albeit propaganda in some instances, to make an informed decision.
The ANC’s Secretary General, Ace Magashule, will be in the provincial capital on the campaign trail. Magashule is facing allegations from his former comrade Mxolisi Dukwana, who testified at the Zondo Commission of Enquiry that Magashule fired him for turning down a R2m bribe from the Guptas. Magashule has indicated that the allegations are false including those contained in the book Gangster State: Unravelling Ace Magashule’s Web of Capture authored by Pieter-Louis Myburgh.
Magashule will be doing door-to-door and will also be addressing a mass meeting and ANC volunteers.