Posts Tagged ‘Election 2019’

IEC announces change in Ward 15 voting station

May 1, 2019

Residents registered to cast their votes at the Humansdorp Country Club in Ward 15 are asked to take note that their voting station has changed.

According to a statement from the local office of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the Humansdorp Council Chamber, situated at Kouga Municipality’s offices on the corner of Main Road and Du Plessis Street, will replace the country club as a voting station for Ward 15 in the upcoming Provincial and National Elections in May.

“The change had to be made due to fire damage at the Country Club,” Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks explained.

Meanwhile, applications for special votes in the May election came to a close on Thursday, April 18.

Hendricks said that those whose applications were approved, would have the opportunity to cast their votes on May 6 and 7, with the official election day taking place on Wednesday, May 8.

“There are two categories of people who could apply for special votes. Those who are physically unable to leave their houses, including heavily pregnant women and people with disabilities, and those who are unable to visit their voting stations on May 8,” he explained.

He said IEC officials would visit the houses of those who fall in the first category on May 6 or 7 so that they may cast their votes. Those voters who fall in the second category will be able to vote at their local IEC voting stations, also on May 6 and 7.

Casting a special vote

. The voter’s thumbnail is marked with indelible ink and his/her ID book is stamped.

. He/she receives the relevant ballot papers.

. He/she marks the ballot in secret, places and seals the ballots in an unmarked envelope.

. The unmarked envelope is placed in another envelope that is marked with the voter’s name, ID number and voting district number. The use of two envelopes is to ensure the secrecy of the ballot.

. IEC officials take the envelope and place it in a secure ballot box for special votes.

. The voter’s name is marked off the Voters’ Roll with “SV” to indicate that he/she has cast a special vote.

Ace ‘die baas’ Magashule se uitsprake doen die ANC meer kwaad as goed

April 30, 2019

Meer as een politieke ontleder het die laaste tyd kommentaar gelewer op die ANC se gebrekkige verkiesingstrategie. Daar is selfs sover gegaan as om te sê hul veldtog in hierdie verkiesing is hul swakste veldtog nóg.

Dit is dus geen wonder nie dat die ANC halsoorkop die laaste weke van hierdie veldtog President Cyril Ramaphosa se ‘baas’, die aarts-korrupte los kanon, Ace Magashule, inspan om desperaat te probeer veld wen waar dinge veral benard lyk – soos in die Wes-Kaap.

Ons sien die laaste twee weke hoe Magashule deur die land reis en een belaglike uitspraak na die ander maak en blatante leuens versprei ten einde veld te probeer wen vir die verswakte ANC.

‘n Benoude kat wat benoude spronge maak.

Nie net het Magashule ‘n ruk terug in ‘n skaametelose vertoon van politieke opportunisme ‘n beroep gedoen op inwoners in Phillippi in die Wes-Kaap om “nie hul stem op die wit man te mors nie”, hy het ook meer onlangs in Hermanus ‘n klomp wilde en onrealistiese beloftes aan kiesers gemaak en terselfdetyd blatante onwaarhede oor die DA se dienslewering in dié area versprei.

Magashule se uitspraak in Noordwes gister vat egter die koek. Volgens Magashule moet Suid-Afrikaners vir geen ander party as die ANC stem nie, want “die ANC het 25 jare se ondervinding. As jy ‘n ander party instem, sal dit hulle vyf jare neem om ondervinding te kry. Hulle sal nie weet waar om geld te kry nie”.

Nie net is hierdie uitspraak lagwekkend nie, dis ook uiters ironies wanneer gekyk word na waar die ANC klaarblyklik sy fondse vandaan kry, naamlik:

  • VBS Mutual Bank
  • Bosasa
  • Deur munisipaliteit bankrot te steel
  • Saxonworld en
  • Die Vrede Suiwelprojek in die Vrystaat

En vandag wat ons 25 jare van demokrasie en vryheid in Suid-Afrika vier, is dit tragies om terug te kyk en te sien wat die “ANC se 25 jare se ondervinding” ons land in die sak gebring het.

Die ANC sal hulself ‘n guns doen om Magashule se mond te snoer vir die res van hierdie verkiesingsveldtog. Dis duidelik dat sy wilde, ondeurdagte uitsprake dié party meer kwaad doen as goed.

Smaller parties: Why a vote for the DA packs more punch

April 29, 2019

The ANC’s total dominance of SA’s politics for a quarter of a century has become profoundly destructive to our national wellbeing. South Africa’s democracy needs a strong alternative. To achieve this, we need to reform our politics: we need to use our vote to promote our shared values rather than our personal identity.

The majority of South Africans are committed to the values on which all successful democracies are built: accountability, constitutionalism, the rule of law, nonracialism, a market-driven economy, and a capable state that delivers to all rather than to a connected elite. These are fundamental principles that millions of us hold in common, despite our differences on more granular issues.

If we can rise to the challenge of choosing values over identity, we can together build a strong alternative. This election has got to be about that. We simply do not have the luxury of tinkering around the margins of opposition politics right now, tailoring our vote to reflect our precise personal preferences or identity.

We are fighting for our future in a country that is fast becoming a failed state because of one-party dominance. Almost every aspect of our state is already in crisis. Another five years of rolling blackouts, spiraling prices, corruption, patronage politics, failed administration and socialist policy will be severely damaging.

The true test for any democracy is whether power can change peacefully at the ballot box. The challenge for South Africa is to fast arrive at this point, where the governing party is kept on their toes by the ever-present threat of losing power.

We cannot allow our country to fall prey to the entrenched single-party hegemony that continues to plague the African continent. The very founding values of our democracy are at stake. If we cannot hold rank failure and corruption to account, then can we really call ourselves a democracy at all?

So, we urgently need to build a strong counterweight to the ANC, to show that another way is possible. Voting for smaller parties right now is tantamount to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. Smaller parties will not stop our demise under the ANC and blurs our focus on the biggest threat to our democracy: one-party dominance.

Under normal circumstances, the plethora of parties – 48 on the national ballot paper alone – should be welcomed as a sign of a vibrant democracy replete with plentiful options for voters to express their individual preferences. But this is not a business-as-usual election; this is a fight for our survival. So 8 May must be about building a credible alternative government, not about creating a wide sprinkling of opposition parties on the fringe of our politics.

This means focusing on what we have in common, rather than on what divides us. Rather like a tug of war, we need to all pull together in the same direction to have maximum impact in our bid to save South Africa from the failing ANC.

The DA is a party for all South Africans – people from all walks of life are coming on board. It is a platform where people of diverse racial, religious, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds can come together around our broadly shared democratic values.

If every voter demanded to agree with every single one of a party’s policy positions, then we’d end up with a multitude of tiny parties hopelessly unable to challenge the ANC’s dominance. The only way to have real impact is to punch in the centre, and that is where the DA is located.

The ANC is flailing under the weight of its governing failures right now and running a disorganized, half-hearted campaign. It is entirely possible that they could be brought below 50%, especially in certain provinces.

The DA is the only party that can credibly lead an alternative government – whether it is a coalition government, a minority government or a full majority government. The party has the structures, momentum and governing experience to achieve real impact.

The DA has demonstrated it can lead a successful coalition government in SA. Forming coalitions in Cape Town (2006-2011), Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay (2016-2018) enabled us to cut the channels of ANC patronage and corruption that had plagued these metros. Literally billions of rands of corrupt contracts were terminated.

Closer to home, the DA has managed to turn around service delivery and the financial sustainability of Kouga Municipality in little over two years, while containing staff costs and increasing the revenue base.

Coalitions will enable South Africa to realign its politics away from one-party dominance. I want to make it clear that the DA will work in coalition with any other parties, groups or individuals that share our core values. And where required, we will consult with other parties, who may not share our core values, but share the grand goal of furthering democracy by removing the ANC from government.

Governing successes in Johannesburg and Tshwane prove that even minority coalitions can be extremely effective, if one party emerges as the clear leader.

On 8 May a vote for the DA will be a vote for a new government in a maturing democracy. It will be the strongest possible electoral response to the threat of one-party dominance in a failed state. It will be a vote for the democratic values on which we can build one united, prosperous South Africa for all.

The DA in Kouga is ready for 2019

April 27, 2019

The Eastern Cape provincial premier candidate of the DA, Nqaba Bhanga led a march in Kruisfontein and Arcadia in Humansdorp yesterday that was attended by close to 1000 people.

Bhanga was joined by the Kouga Member of Parliament Malcolm Figg, Kouga Mayor Horatio Hendricks, together with Mayoral Committee Councillors and Ward Councillors of the DA.

They were joined by close to 1000 people as the march wound its way from Kruisfontein to the Civic Hall in Arcadia in Humansdorp.

At the Civic, Mayor Hendricks made it clear that the ANC will never ever again rule in Kouga.

“When we took over in 2016, it was said that it would take ten years to turn service delivery around but we have made huge progress in only two years.

We have improved things that the ANC could not pull off in 15 years,” said Hendricks to the approval of the residents who attended the meeting.

The Provincial leader of the DA, Nqaba Bhanga then said that the DA wants a Police Force that is honest and professional and will protect the community that they serve.

“The Police need people who want to be Police and not people who are just looking for a job,”said Bhanga.

“The Police need to fight corruption and to keep us safe and protect our communities from criminals and gangsters who are terrorizing even the people of Kruisfontein and Arcadia,” added Bhanga.

The National and Provincial elections take place on 8 May 2019.

Cheapen electricity by allowing Independent Power Producers

April 24, 2019

Eskom and other State -Owned Enterprises have become a black hole that the South African tax payer needs to constantly fill.

This is not simply because these entities have been badly managed, but because they have been used as looting vehicles for the ANC and the politically connected for decades.

The DA has been reliably informed that Eskom is not using the Chinese Development Bank loan and the bailouts for maintenance of our power plants – which are the original sin that led to this crisis.

They are using the money to literally pay salaries and keep the lights on by burning through billions of Rands worth of diesel until after the elections.

This means that South Africa will no doubt be plunged into darkness this winter once again as the ANC has misled the public about the gravity of the problems at Eskom.

The reality is that Eskom cannot keep South Africa’s lights on because the business model of the entity is fundamentally broken. The DA has long reached out to the ANC government with solid solutions that would see the entity broken up into sustainable and functioning enterprises.

“We have proposed a bill that would allow for the introduction of independent power producers that would cheapen the cost of electricity, bring about much needed competition and ensure that South Africa is not being tanked by the black hole that Eskom has become, said Natasha Mazzone, the DA Shadow Minister for Public Enterprises.

But these solutions were never adopted.

To adopt them would be to accept that the past 25 years have seen old infrastructure age, remain unmaintained and now gradually collapse because the public money meant to sustain the entity has been systematically stolen.

“That is why the ANC government would much rather continue to punish the public by forcing us all to pay for the corruption and mismanagement which has taken place at Eskom.

The scramble to keep the lights on until May 8 is not sustainable. It is dishonest and designed to mislead South Africans until it is politically convenient to expose the real rot.

The only way to put an end to this is for South Africans to vote for change on May 8th. Only the DA has a plan to keep the lights on and turn around the mess at Eskom,” added Mazzone.

Ramaphosa, Zuma-Gupta: same game, different players

April 7, 2019
 With the National Prosecuting Authority as weak and incapacitated as it is after years of assault by the governing party, the State Capture Commission looks set to be a “Corruption TRC” when what we really need is a government clean-out.
That’s why voting for the corruption-free DA on 8 May is such a crucial assault on corruption.

This week, President Ramaphosa’s son, Andile Ramaphosa, admitted that he received over R2 million from Bosasa as a monthly retainer fee starting in December 2017, the month his father was elected ANC president.

President Ramaphosa has admitted knowledge of this “business relationship” and has also admitted that Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson “donated” R500 000 towards his ANC presidential election campaign.

Let’s cut the quotation marks and call these payments what they really are: sweeteners and bribes.

There is no substantive difference between the nature of the Ramaphosa-Bosasa relationship and that of Zuma-Gupta.

The Zuma-Gupta relationship had more time to play itself out and therefore involves the syphoning off of a lot more public money. But the difference is one of degree and timing, not of kind.

We’re watching the same game here, but with different players.

Bosasa is a company that has been bribing ANC politicians for the last two decades. Bosasa contracts with the ANC government total over R10 billion.

The details of this corrupt relationship have been reported on in the media over the years, and much of the information was exposed in a detailed SIU report a decade ago.

Like Zuma-Gupta, the Ramaphosa-Bosasa relationship follows the standard ANC modus operandi: the ANC-in-government (e.g. Department of Correctional Services) gives lucrative tenders to the ANC-in-business (e.g. Bosasa) which in return funds the ANC-as-a-political-party (or one or both of its factions).

This has enabled an ANC-connected elite to enrich themselves while also entrenching their political power to facilitate ongoing elite enrichment. This is profoundly anti-democratic, deeply corrupt, and unequivocally against the public interest.

Former Bosasa chief operations officer Angelo Agrizzi told the State Capture Inquiry that Bosasa paid out an estimated R70 million in bribes between 2006 and 2016, and that he knows of large “donations” of R10 million and R12 million given to the ANC top six.

It is simply inconceivable that the R500 000 “donation” to Ramaphosa wasn’t a bribe.

It is strongly in the national interest that President Cyril Ramaphosa appears before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture before the national elections on 8 May 2019. I have this week written to Commission Chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to urge that he does so.

Our country faces severe crises on multiple fronts. South Africans have a critically important once-in-five-year opportunity to bring change.

So we all need to know the full truth about the nature of the relationship between the Ramaphosa family and Bosasa. This information is integral to the decision we face and therefore integral to our nation’s future wellbeing.

President Ramaphosa’s actions in relation to these revelations are not those of a man with nothing to hide. On the contrary, he has ducked and dived in an attempt to gloss over or conceal the truth from Parliament, the media and the people of South Africa.

In an answer to my oral question in Parliament in November 2018, asking President Ramaphosa to explain the payment of R500 000 by Bosasa to his son, Ramaphosa claimed the payment was for consulting work rendered by his Andile to Bosasa, and that he had seen the contract himself.

This information turned out to be false and the R500 000 was in fact a “donation” (laundered bribe) to his CR17 campaign. This breach of the Executive Ethics Act led me to submit a complaint to the Public Protector.

More recently, when I have asked Ramaphosa further questions in Parliament, he has refused to answer them, on the grounds that the matter is being dealt with by the Public Protector. In doing so, he displays a blatant disregard for the constitutional oversight role of Parliament. That a matter is with the Public Protector does not in any way absolve him of his constitutional obligation to account to Parliament.

It should be extremely concerning to all of us that: Ramaphosa considers it acceptable for his son to receive money from a company notorious for conducting a deeply corrupt relationship with his party over the course of two decades; that he lied to Parliament; that his son has received over R2 million so far; and that he has used Zuma-style evasion tactics to avoid accountability.

We all need to know the full truth about the Ramaphosa-Bosasa relationship, and we need to know it before 8 May. Because the sooner we put an end to this system of corrupt elite enrichment, the sooner we can start building a South Africa where opportunities are open to all, rather than to the connected few.

Warm regards,

Mmusi Maimane
DA Leader

A decade of DA delivery in Western Cape shows what is possible

March 13, 2019

Last week, we learnt from StatsSA that SA’s economic growth (0.8%) was below population growth (1.2%) in 2018.

So the average South African got poorer for a fifth year in a row. This shows it is not enough to put a new driver into the old ANC bus.

South Africa needs to move beyond liberation movement politics and into a post-liberation era of clean, capable, citizen-centred government that can put a job in every home, eradicate corruption, build a professional police service, secure our borders and deliver better services.

2019 DA election manifesto

On Saturday the DA launched its Gauteng Manifesto, our plan of action for how we will get Gauteng working. The province has massive potential.

The DA has already proved itself in Johannesburg and Tshwane which accounted for 162 000 of the 172 000 new jobs created in Gauteng last year. And DA-led Midvaal, has sustained economic growth of 10% for over a decade, with the lowest unemployment in Gauteng.

We will build on our success in Gauteng by actively supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs through funding, innovation hubs and partnerships. We’ll make it easier to do business by cutting red tape and by revitalizing and expanding industrial parks.

We’ll provide space for informal traders, pay suppliers on time, and support the development of new CBDs in Soweto, Tembisa and Mamelodi.

And we’ll lobby for police competency to be given to the province, since a more local approach will be far more effective in fighting crime.

There is nothing inherently wrong with Gauteng or with our country. We just need clean, capable government. Over the past ten years of DA government in the Western Cape, the province has pulled far ahead of the other provinces precisely because it’s had clean, capable government.

Outgoing premier Helen Zille is the first to admit there is still much to be done. But the province has progressed despite bad policy at the national level. It now has a professional, capable administration that is well-positioned to accelerate delivery.

Below this newsletter I’ve listed some highlights from Helen’s final State of the Province Address, and I’d like to thank her for her incredible contribution.

This impressive progress comes from putting citizens’ interests first and prioritizing the most vulnerable. They show that Western Cape citizens did well to place their trust in the DA.

The DA’s Western Cape Manifesto sets out how we will build on these achievements. We will work to secure the Western Cape’s power supply through Independent Power Producers, because we cannot rely on Eskom to keep the lights on.

We will fight for a provincially managed rail service so that bus and train transport can be integrated. And we will fight for policing to be devolved to provinces (those provinces that have the capability), so that we can build a professional provincial police service.

On 8 May, please vote for clean, capable DA government that builds One South Africa for All.

Warm regards,

Mmusi Maimane
DA Leader

How to vote in Election 2019 if you are overseas

February 28, 2019

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has officially proclaimed the date of the election.

While those in South Africa will be going to the polls on the 8 May, South Africans abroad will be casting their vote at their nearest SA foreign mission on Saturday, 27 April 2019 (Freedom Day).

In order to vote every South African abroad must complete a VEC10 form informing the IEC where they intend to vote abroad.

This form can be found on the IEC’s website: https://www.elections.org.za/ieconline/Notify-the-IEC-of-my-intention-to-vote-abroad

The VEC10 form must be submitted no later than 13 March 2019 at midnight (UTC+02:00).

A reminder also that to vote abroad South Africans must vote in person at their nearest SA foreign mission and have BOTH their SA ID and passport (they can’t vote with only one of these documents).

They must, of course, also be registered to vote.

Many South Africans living abroad DO NOT know that they can vote in the 2019 election, and so we would like to request that you contact all your friends and family living abroad and urgently share this information with them.

You can do so in the following ways:

1. Share the attached DA Abroad VEC10 flyer with them
2. Invite them to this Facebook event for the overseas voting day on our DA Abroad page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/494339004428008/
3. Direct them to this page on our DA Abroad website which answers all the common questions about overseas voting: https://www.da-abroad.org/campaigns/overseas-voting/how-to-vote-abroad-2019-south-africa-election/
4. Suggest they subscribe to our mailing list at http://www.da-abroad.org so they don’t miss any important deadlines. They can also email us directly at contact@da-abroad.org with their questions about voting abroad or WhatsApp us on +44 795 829 1141

If you have any questions, please email francine.higham@da-abroad.org.

Vote DA and fight corruption in South Africa

February 23, 2019

DA led governments fight corruption to ensure that all public money is spent on the people.

We have seen this take place in Kouga Municipality since 2016 and in other DA led Municipalities like Drakenstein, Overstrand and George.

The corruption of the ANC government is oppressing South Africans. And it is one of the main reasons the country has taken a wrong turn from the path set by Madiba.

After Madiba left, the ANC decided it was their time to eat and they focused on enriching only themselves. No matter who leads them, they are the same old party full of empty promises.

They are not capable of fighting corruption. And they have no genuine intention of fighting corruption.

The 2019 election is your chance to get South Africa back on track. You can choose between even more corruption, and a party that has a solid record of fighting corruption and of being accountable, transparent and clean where it governs.

We will bring change that builds One South Africa for All.

We will fight corruption; create fair access to jobs; make our police service honest and professional; secure our borders; and speed up the delivery of basic services.

Under a DA-government, anyone found guilty of corruption will be sentenced to 15 years in jail.

Our plan to fight corruption focuses on:

  • Establishing an independent unit dedicated to identifying, fighting and prosecuting corruption.
  • Ensuring the payment of all public money is transparent.
  • Bringing in direct elections for all political office holders so that the South African people can hold their president, premiers and mayors directly accountable.
  • Implementing regular lifestyle audits for all politicians and government officials.
  • Protecting and encouraging ‘whistle blowers’ who identify and report on corrupt activities.

Don’t reward ANC failure to fight corruption because nothing will change.

This election is about YOUR future.

Use your vote to ensure a strong DA because only we are serious about fighting corruption and building One South Africa for All.

Living overseas? Make sure you vote in the May elections

February 12, 2019

We encourage each and every South African living abroad to take the following steps to be a part of our country’s future:

  1. Check first that you aren’t already registered to vote >> https://www.elections.org.za/content/For-voters/My-voter-registration-details/
  2. If you are already registered, you don’t need to re-register, even if your registered address is in South Africa.

2019 DA election manifesto

  1. Once registered, you need to fill in a VEC10 form on the IEC’s website when the date of the election is announced to inform the IEC where you would like to vote abroad.
  2. Once all these steps have been completed, on election day you can take BOTH your SA ID and passport to vote at your nearest SA foreign mission.

If you have any further questions you can email us on contact@da-abroad.org or WhatsApp on https://wa.me/447958291141/