"Voters want a party that they trust, represents their interest and that is capable of good governance"
THE FREEDOM Front plus (FF+) has emerged as the dark horse in both the provincial and national elections, coming fourth, after the ANC, DA and EFF.
FF+ provincial leader Wynand Boshoff said that he was satisfied with the increase in the support both in the Province as well as nationally.
“We believe that our votes were boosted by FF+ members who joined the DA, who decided to return to the FF+. Voters are realising that they should vote for something that they believe in, instead of casting a vote to prevent an overwhelming majority from becoming a ruling party.
“We will start preparing for the local government elections from today. There is no time for rest. Voters want a party that they trust, represents their interests and that is capable of good governance.”
Boshoff stated that if he was selected to serve in Parliament, Danie Coetzee, from the Dawid Kruiper region, would take over the reins as provincial leader.
“My heart is in Kimberley and the Northern Cape but I am willing to serve on a national level.”
Good spokesperson Les Abrahams meanwhile pointed out that his party only had three months to prepare for the elections, with limited resources.
“Although we did not receive as many votes as we had wished for, we are satisfied and thank our voters for their support. The people of South Africa have given the ANC the second chance that they asked for and we hope that they will pull up their socks, especially in terms of service delivery. The Northern Cape cannot afford another flop.”
Cope premier candidate Pakes Dikgetsi stated that while the performance of the party was “somewhat disappointing” it was not the end of the road for the party.
Cope had received 0.31 percent of the votes by 6pm last night, with the official provincial results still to be finalised.
Dikgetsi said that Cope would rebuild a relationship of trust with its voters following the departure of members who had crossed over to the ANC.
“Quite a lot of damage was caused by members who were trying to collapse the party from the inside. Voters quickly lose trust in political figures and we will salvage what we have and rebuild our structures. We are hoping to retain a seat in the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature. We will make the most of what we have to take the party forward. In the next two years, we will be a force to be reckoned with.”
He believed that voters would become disillusioned with both the ANC and DA in the near future.
“Issues of service delivery and party factions keep on rearing their heads. The reality is that the country is in a state of collapse.”
Dikgetsi stated that the party would consider joining forces with emerging parties such as Good that are competing neck and neck with Cope.
“We will look at the possibility of aligning ourselves with parties that have similar principles and visions in the future.”
The deputy chairperson of the African Transformation Movement (ATM) in the Northern Cape, Charity Mohapanele, was satisfied with her party’s performance.
“While we could have done better it was a learning curve, where we have managed to carve a footprint in the Province. We are proud that we managed to finish the race and believe that we will grow from strength to strength.”
DA provincial leader Andrew Louw declined an interview and promised to send a statement, although nothing had been received by the time of going to press.