In South Africa- It has been a busy weekend for political parties in the form of Super Week, for 95 wards in the first round of by-elections to be held under the covid-19 lockdown restrictions. More than 50 municipalities in nine provinces have seventy-five wards on Wednesday, the IEC confirmed on Monday.
Political parties such as the EFF, DA and ANC were outnumbered by their supporters and optimistic voters over the weekend. ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule was campaigning in Kagiso in the West Rand of Gauteng on Sunday. The DA was also campaigning in the same ward.
Magashule said that the ANC was confident that voters would give them the party’s support so that they could hold the wards. He said that the party had renewed itself.
“The people of SA have full faith in the ANC, and they will vote in number for the ANC. We have renewed the ANC and we are in touch with our people. Our campaign is to see amazing people still in the ANC “We have gone to churches and done door to door campaigns. The old people, the young are all positive and have realized that they need to vote for the ANC,” Magashule said.
Meanwhile, DA leader John Steenhuisen on Monday appealed to voters to vote for the DA. He said the DA was fresh from a party conference that had a new leadership that was ready to serve the citizens.
Steenhuisen appealed to voters not to vote for smaller parties or independent candidates because it would create political instability in municipalities.
“It is absolutely critical that people from communities across the country vote on Wednesday to help bring the change our country so desperately needs. We are the only one in government with a proven track record and the necessary network and support One can do this by voting in the party. System for forming sound governments.
“I want residents to urge them not to vote for independent candidates or smaller parties because it will only divide and divide municipal councils across the country and enter political instability that will paralyze the service,” Steenhuisen said .The EFF campaigned over the weekend in the Northern Cape on Saturday with party general secretary Marshall Dlamini. on the campaign trail in the free state was EFF Vice President Floyd Shivambu.The IEC confirmed that 40 political parties are contesting the by-election, which includes 444 candidates.Of the 444 candidates, 305 are male and 139 are female.