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Last chance to woo voters

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The EFF believes that the ANC will only receive 40 percent of the votes and the rest of the opposition will share the balance.

CHOICE: With the 2019 national elections taking place tomorrow, South African citizens have plenty of options to choose from. Picture: Danie van der Lith

POLITICAL parties in the Northern Cape are making the most of the last few hours they have to sway voters ahead of the national general elections tomorrow.

EFF provincial spokesperson Obakeng Lechuti yesterday reassured voters that the EFF would not “willy-nilly” enter into a coalition with the ANC after the elections.

“We will make a decision based on whichever party supports and implements our radical policies and cardinal points. We aim to win 30 percent of the votes provincially and we intend on becoming the official opposition in the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature. The EFF believes that the ANC will only receive 40 percent of the votes and the rest of the opposition will share the balance. The ANC will need us more than we will need them. We cannot allow the Province to be led by a corrupt premier. We will not support any act of wrongdoing,” said Lechuti.

He stated that the Dikgatlong municipal district was fertile ground to woo voters, as the residents’ plight regarding basic service delivery was continually being ignored.

“The people in Barkly West are struggling. There are no job or economic opportunities, the majority of the community rely on social grants. This in turn leads to the high rates of crime, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse and poverty. The EFF will create jobs by investing in small, medium and micro enterprises.”

DA leader Mmusi Maimane was at the Galeshewe circle yesterday and visited Letshego Primary in Vergenoeg as part of his tour of the city.

DA provincial leader Andrew Louw said that the three former DA members of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature (MPLs) – Safiyia Stanfley, Melinda Hattingh and Ismail Obaray – who crossed over to the ANC on the weekend, would not have a major impact on the party.

“The three MPLs did not feature on our lists and their decision to join another political party will not have any impact on the DA whatsoever.

“We are sad that they have decided to leave the DA. Nonetheless, every person is free to be affiliated with whichever political party they want and we wish them well in their future.”

Meanwhile, various church leaders from religious groups in the Renosterberg sub-region prayed for ANC provincial chairperson Dr Zamani Saul on Sunday.

ANC provincial spokesperson Naledi Gaosekwe said that the party had finished its provincial campaign trail and was now doing the last round of door-to-door visits.

Some voters meanwhile believe that newcomers the Good party will make inroads in the elections.

“Everyone is mad about its leader – Aunty Patty (Patricia de Lille). There are many people in Roodepan who are wearing the orange T-shirts.”