Political parties tug it out over Ward 47

Photos: Pierce van Heerden

Members of the African National Congress (ANC) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) took to the streets of Mangaung to launch campaigns for the by-elections in Ward 47 today. This comes after the ward councillor position for the area was left vacant when DA’s John du Bruin resigned from the party late last year.

The two opposing political parties held meetings in Heidedal, which forms part of several areas within the municipal ward. The EFF hung up posters of their council candidate, Thelma Byneveldt, while ANC’s Royston van Heerden made door-to-door visits. This is all in preparation for the by-elections set to take place on 30 January 2019.

“We started to prepare for these elections last year by visiting community members. They seem very positive about the EFF so we are confident that we can walk out victoriously,” said the party’s Boitumelo Radebe. She stated that the EFF would be holding more community meetings before the elections take place.

The ANC held community visits, hung up posters and handed out green gold and black flyers to residents. “We have also organised programmes because we have realised that we need to do more than door-to-doors and listen to people’s issues without sorting them out. There have been certain things we have already achieved while we are busy with the by-elections,” said Van Heerden. He explained that ANC sealed potholes and dismantled illegal dumping sites despite not governing the ward.

Ward 47 includes Heidedal, Estoire, and Raceway Park among others. – Nomaqhawe Mtebele