Mmusi Maimane, Phumzile van Damme and Zwekele Mncwanga paid a visit to the Burlington Community in KwaZulu Natal, an area rife with unemployment and crime, ahead of the elections.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) leaders engaged with the community in an attempt to “find a lasting solution.” During their visit, Van Damme told the community that they can bring about change by using their vote.”
In addition, Maimane told residents that ANC leaders will distribute food parcels, but he says that’s not enough. Maimane explained:
“I know they will bring you food parcels – please take them. We are not voting for food parcels at the end of the day. Eat the food and vote for change.”
“I know they will bring you food parcels, please take them, we are not voting for food parcels at the end of the day.
— Democratic Alliance (@Our_DA) April 15, 2019
He added that the community should not be divided on the basis of race. Maimane referred to the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) when he said:
“If they come to divide us here, they are dividing us on the basis of race. They are saying ‘black people that side, white people that side’. There are political parties who even say Indian people are the most racist people in this country.”
Maimane said he rejects campaigning on basis of race, whether it’s coming from the ANC, the EFF, or the FF Plus. He added:
“You are deserving of your rights as a person, not because you belong to a race or a certain religion but because you are a citizen of South Africa. A DA government will look after you.”
At the other end of the spectrum, EFF leader Julius Malema was telling voters at the kwaTsheka Sports Ground in KwaZulu Natal that only their vote “will change their current circumstances,” and that the EFF is the only party “that will make it all possible.”
CIC @Julius_S_Malema encouraging the people of eNseleni to remember to #VoteEFF come May 8. Reminding them that only an X will change their current circumstances. #CICinKZN #VoteEFF #OurLandAndJobsNow pic.twitter.com/ISctq6uJL7
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) April 15, 2019
Electioneering really is alive and well as President Cyril Ramaphosa takes his campaign trail to Seshego Polokwane. Ramaphosa is urging the youth to vote ANC “because the country has made a big investment in them.” He added:
“The return on investment will be when they are able to get jobs – as our economy grows and yields jobs. Young people are our key priority area of focus when it comes to job creation.”
Politicians are indeed doing everything in their power to make as many promises as they possibly can before elections roll by on 8 May.
— #VoteANC (@MYANC) April 15, 2019