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The Good premier candidate is Leonard Francis - a former ANC member who said that he had returned to politics after a 10-year sabbatical

Good party leader Patricia de Lille. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)

A FEW familiar faces have resurfaced on the list of candidates for the Good party, where they stand to fill seats in the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature after the 2019 general elections that will take place next month.

The former Speaker at Sol Plaatje Municipality, Elizabeth Johnson, is second on the list and stands a good chance of being elected to serve as a member of the provincial legislature.

Johnson, along with former ANC councillor Rachel Wapad, was among the members who were expelled by the ANC Frances Baard regional executive committee last year.

The “rogue” proportional representatives and ward councillors were found guilty of conspiring with the opposition when former Sol Plaatje executive mayor Mangaliso Matika was voted out of council.

The ANC rebels, along with Pule Thabane who served for a short time as executive mayor, are still awaiting the outcome of their application to appeal a judgment, so that they can be reinstated in council, pending the finalisation of their review of the disciplinary process.

While six of the expelled members contested the recent by-elections as independent candidates in their respective wards after their expulsion from the ANC, only one of them, Boitumelo Stout, managed to garner enough votes to secure a seat in council.

The Good premier candidate is Leonard Francis – a former ANC member who said that he had returned to politics after a 10-year sabbatical.

Another surprise candidate at number 30 is Roseline Tyler – the ANC Women’s League regional chairperson in the Frances Baard district.

Tyler has been vocal regarding women’s rights.

Former ANC member Nombulelo Antoinette Mhlanga also appears on the list, at number 10.

Former DA member Sharief Rosen, who is number 17 on the list, believes that the DA candidate list is not representative of the broader community.

“The DA list only includes the friends and family of its leader.”

He pointed out that there was no guarantee that any of the candidates who appeared on the lists would be awarded positions.

“We will have to wait and see what happens, although I am sure that the ANC will not win by a majority vote. Opposition parties will have to form coalitions if they wish to survive.”

The Good list:

Leonard Francis, Elizabeth Johnson, Auburn Francois Jaftha, Emit Fallet, Trudy Beatrice Ruiters, Dolphina Christene Swartz, Francisco Bruce Olivier, Masabata Daphney Molefe, Festus Frank Stevens, Nombulelo Antoinette Mhlanga, Jack Steyn, Magdelene Johanna Oliphant, Walter Jeswhaim Edick, Martha Susan Thamar Booysen, Randall Edward Pieters, Motlalepula Rachel Wapad, Mohammed Sharief Rosen, Louisa Ann Williams, Johan Shaun Swanlow, Leslie Charles Abrahams, Christoffel Wynand van Kratenburg, Sera Matthews, Kelvin Cyprian Cloete, Bernarnd Josef Sass, Christiana Florencia Ali, Brian Harold Mervin Visser, Sharon Vanessa De Vos, Glisson Charles Grey, James Luckyboy Riet and Roseline Valerie Tyler.