ANC, EFF and Forum for Service Delivery to battle it out
THREE candidates will be contesting the by-election in ward one of the Magareng sub-region on September 6 following the death of ANC councillor Kelebogile Landry.
Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) provincial electoral officer, Bonolo Modise, stated yesterday that there were no independent candidates and that the DA would also not be contesting the by-election.
“ANC candidate Ernest Mokola, KC Mekhoa from the EFF and MM Boane from the Forum for Service Delivery are the candidates who will be contesting the ward,” said Modise.
According to the IEC there are 2 882 registered voters in the ward.
Registration and voting will take place at the stations at Mogomotsi High School and Rolihlahla Primary School in Warrenton.
Special votes and home visits will be conducted on September 5 from 8am until 5pm.
Meanwhile, the ANC Youth League Frances Baard Regional Task Team (RTT) has spoken out against “rogue elements” in the Magareng sub-region who are involved in the candidate selection process ahead of the by-election.
ANCYL RTT co-ordinator Sandiseni Sithole has cautioned members that they do not want a repeat of what happened during the by-election that took place in the Dikgatlong sub-region.
Independent candidate Mently Mondrow Bezuidenhout, who was previously an ANC member, won the seat in ward 2 in April with 44.78 percent out of a total of 2 341 votes cast, while the DA received 30 percent, the ANC 20 percent and the EFF five percent.
“The defeat at the polls by an independent candidate in Dikgatlong sub-region is still fresh in our minds and the ANC seems to have, once again, failed to learn from its mistakes. Why do we bother with participatory democracy if we end up blatantly disregarding the views of our communities to begin with,” Sithole stated.
He pointed out that it appeared as if candidates were registered without following due processes.
“Hence the desperation we have witnessed of late.
“The danger here is that we are dealing with a currently hung municipality, and should the community choose to punish the organisation we will have a repeat of Thembelihle Municipality all over again.”
Sithole also condemned the alleged attack on ANC regional chairperson Thapelo Dithebe by “criminal elements” during a community meeting that was held to select the ANC candidate for the Magareng ward one by-election.
“There is no place for criminality in the ANC and its political work. We also condemn the subsequent bogus assault charge laid against the chairperson as nothing but an orchestrated witch-hunt, meant to weaken the political work of the ANC in the region.”