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Ex-Sol Speaker now a ‘Good’ leader

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The congress to elect the Good national and provincial leaders would be held after the elections

The former Speaker at Sol Plaatje municipality Elizabeth Johnson. Picture: Danie van der Lith

FORMER Sol Plaatje Municipality Speaker Elizabeth Johnson has been appointed to serve on the interim national leadership of Patricia de Lille’s ‘Good’ party ahead of the national general elections.

Johnson is one of the ANC councillors who were expelled after being found guilty of taking part in an “illegal meeting” and voting with the opposition to remove former Sol Plaatje executive mayor Mangaliso Matika from council.

Johnson said that the congress to elect the Good national and provincial leaders would be held after the elections.

“The voters must choose their leaders, nobody will be imposed on them. We have recruited members from Cope, the DA, EFF and ANC. Up to 1 500 members have already signed up in Roodepan and about 800 in Galeshewe. We intend attracting a large support base in Upington, Barkly West, Hartswater and the Namaqua district. We are also extremely confident of securing seats in the Province and in local government,” said Johnson.

She pointed out that Good was one of the few parties that had a woman as its party leader.

“Party leader Patricia de Lille will launch the manifesto and announce the interim provincial co-ordinating committees next month. No one will be able to steal our voters because membership is for free.”

Former DA proportional representative councillor and former mayoral committee member at Emthanjeni Municipality Aluburn Jaftha has announced his departure to join the Good party.

He said that there were already 700 Good members who had signed up in De Aar.

“We will be campaigning in Britstown and Hanover in the near future. The majority of our members were previously supporters of the DA and ANC.”

Jaftha said that he had served as a DA councillor at Emthanjeni Municipality since 2006.

“I have no regrets as I believe Good will be able to unite all South Africans irrespective of race and take the country forward.”