The Free State Democratic Alliance (DA) urges the citizens of Mangaung to register to vote ahead of general elections later this year. Premier candidate Patricia Kopane was joined by various members of the party to launch a registration campaign in Rocklands, Mangaung last week.
Kopane stated that a decrease in the local unemployment rate lies in residents voting for an alternative political party. “As the DA our focus is on jobs because in the Free State people between the ages 15-34 are unemployed. This means that these people are in a cycle of poverty that will not get better. We want people to become employed because a job is something that gives you dignity,” explained Kopane.
The premier candidate highlighted the importance of the upcoming elections in the country’s young democracy. “These coming elections are important because for the past 25 years people have voted for broken promises. If they register now, come the elections in May then they can vote for the party that is able to provide services to the people of South Africa,” she stated.
DA spokesperson for Jobs and Opportunities, Jordan Hill Lewis, stated that the party intends to run internships for matriculants once they have been voted into government. “We will have paid internship programmes for every matriculant that wants one so that all matriculant who does not get into tertiary education can get a paid internship for a year,” he said.
Election registration takes place between 26 and 27 January 2019 in preparations for national elections in May 2019. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele