With the election campaigning moving into 5th gear, political parties have sent their top guns to sell their parties’ message to voters.
The African National Congress (ANC) has deployed its Deputy President, David Mabuza and National Executive Committee member, Derrick Hanekom, to De Aar and Upington respectively. The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) leader, Musi Maimane was in the provincial capital on Saturday.
Mabuza, accompanied by provincial ANC leaders like Zamani Saul and Deshi Ngxanga, were campaigning the Pixley ka Seme district doing door to door visits and addressing a community meeting in Nonzwakazi in De Aar. In the Upington area, Hanekom was also on the campaign trail visiting homes and talking to voters.
Maimane was addressing hundreds of DA supporters at the party’s provincial manifesto launch at Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre. The party did not spare resources to show that it will be putting a fight to challenge the ANC to govern the province.
The day to make your cross next to the party logo of your choice will be upon us in 6 weeks. The 8th May has been declared a public holiday by President Ramaphosa while labour federation COSATU has called for the day to be a non-trading holiday in order for workers to fully exercise their constitutional right to vote. COSATU has appealed to employers, especially in the retail and services sector not to open their businesses for trading.
Congress of the People (COPE) President Mosiuo Lekota was also in the Province. He addressed a breakfast meeting in Kimberley on Sunday which was attended by farmers, mining representatives and COPE premier candidate, Pakes Dikgetsi.