Local government elections: A review of the ANC, DA and EFF manifestos - The Mail & Guardian

As the three big parties make their last attempts to woo voters in this year’s local government elections, we look back at the promises in their manifestos

2021-10-27 08:32:00 PM

As the three big parties make their last attempts to woo voters in this year’s local government elections, we look back at the promises in their manifestos

As the three big parties make their last attempts to woo voters in this year’s local government elections, we look back at the promises in their manifestos

In his speech, DA leaderJohn Steenhuisensaid that the party’s goal was to devolve much of the policing functions from the national government to competent metros and municipalities, adding that the party would fight the state’s attempts to bring all metro police departments and municipal law enforcement into one, centralised police service.

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“DA governments will invest in crime information services and smart policing that is information-driven, intelligence-driven and data-driven. This includes CCTV cameras, gunfire detection; crime data analysis; integrated and computer-aided call taking, dispatching and mobile in-vehicle enablement systems that make the police more responsible and accountable,” he said.

The party has also promised to make its municipalities more attractive to investment, in an effort to create jobs. Steenhuisen said municipalities should invest early in research exploring the competitive advantages of the local economy and lean towards those sectors that exhibited the most potential for growth. headtopics.com

He said the DA governments will clearly communicate service-level agreements (SLAs) and turnaround times for refuse collection, burst pipes, electrical faults, potholes, and other queries lodged. “We will also link each SLA and turnaround time to the responsible political individual to ensure accountability,” Steenhuisen said.

John Steenhuisen flights the Democratic Alliance registration posters in the Central Business District (CBD) on June 22, 2021 in Cape Town, South Africa. It is reported that the local government elections will take place on the 27th of October this year. (Photo by ER Lombard/Gallo Images via Getty Images)

The EFF manifestoa pro-poor manifestothat relied heavily on land redistribution.In it, the party pledges to carry out land audits to determine true land ownership, and expropriate abandoned and unused land for redistribution to landless people.Malema said the party will develop an individual land-reform plan, outlining municipal-based land reform targets, in every municipality it governs. 

“These targets will be aimed at resolving urban land hunger in urban and peri-urban municipalities, and ensuring access to land for housing, urban agriculture and black-led industrial activities. In rural municipalities, these targets will be focused on increasing agricultural production and providing land for housing,” Malema said. headtopics.com

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Among some of the party’s more lofty plans include social grants at municipal level for indigent people, as well as free basic services, such as water and electricity, for the poor.To curb growing costs, Malema said EFF municipalities would abolish the tender system and in-source workers, including engineers, general workers and artisans.

Malema said the party would discontinue private ownership of bulk water infrastructure, and provide access to clean water to every household, factory, farm, school and public infrastructure facility. Malema also promised to repair and build new water treatment plants, and employ artisans to repair all leaks in water infrastructure, with the aim of reducing the amount of water lost by leaks to 10% of the current rate.

EFF leader, Julius Malema at the Economic Freedom Fighters Manifesto Launch at Gandhi Square on 26 September 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Laird Forbes/Gallo Images via Getty Images) Read more: Mail & Guardian »

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