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Opposition parties have sights set on more council seats

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Opposition parties in the Northern Cape are confident of attracting more voters amid growing dissatisfaction with poor service delivery in the Province.

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OPPOSITION parties in the Northern Cape are confident of attracting more voters amid growing dissatisfaction with poor service delivery in the Province.

FF+ provincial leader Wynand Boshoff said on Monday that the party wanted to secure three seats in Sol Plaatje Municipality, two in Phokwane Municipality and three in the Dawid Kruiper Municipality.

“This year we are not only relying on luck, we are in full control of the wheel and are confident of increasing our support base,” said Boshoff.

“To improve service delivery, municipalities should be run locally and not controlled by districts. We are also campaigning for an end to cadre deployment. Jobs must be awarded on merit to competent people with skills and qualifications. If people are given token posts, they are not motivated to perform.”

Boshoff believed that they would attract voters who felt disillusioned with the DA.

“The DA laid a complaint against us at the IEC because we handed out branded sanitary hand wipes at the voting stations. It is not electioneering, it is to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It is a fallacy that the FF+ only fights for the rights of white people. We represent all minority groups and cultures. We have black candidates representing the FF+ in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the North West and coloured candidates representing the Northern Cape. Lennit Max is the FF+ mayoral candidate for Cape Town.”

DA provincial leader Harold McGluwa stated that they wanted to forge coalitions in the Northern Cape.

“As long as the party shares our vision, values and policies, we are prepared to enter into a working relationship. We will receive a directive from national, as to which party we will enter into coalitions with, towards the end of the week,” said McGluwa.

“People in Kimberley are living on a sewage farm, it cannot go on like this. Residents are sick and tired of a malfunctioning municipality, poor service delivery and corruption and joblessness. Today was the day for people to change the situation.”

McGluwa believed that the DA would retain its seats and wards and increase its voter population by four percent.

“We aim to take full control of Hantam, Karoo Hoogland, Springbok and the Richtersveld municipalities, where we can take charge and improve services.

“The DA is the strongest opposition with a good track record to hold government accountable and unseat the ANC. The emergence of new opposition parties, independent councillors and service delivery forums, demonstrates increased anger and frustration in the Northern Cape. We are prepared to work with these parties towards a common goal to serve communities.”

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