Dec 1, 2021

Independent Candidates Get Thumbs Up From Gauteng And North West Residents

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Moeletsi also uses social media to urge his followers to vote for him as the new councillor for Ward 9.

FILE PHOTO: A voter casting a ballot during elections. PICTURE: Twitter/EIC

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JOHANNESBURG: The area has no water or electricity, with residents currently forced to use mobile toilets.

Some Gauteng residents have faith in independent candidates ahead of the local government elections scheduled for 1 November.

The candidates promise to do what councillors from political parties have failed to achieve over the past five years.

Speaking to a Johannesburg-based radio station, residents ventilated their grievances regarding poor service delivery. In Lindelani, an informal settlement in Daveyton, residents say they have been living without basic services for decades.

The area has no water or electricity, with residents currently forced to use mobile toilets.

FILE PHOTO: Owen Manda took his campaign to Lindelani, an informal settlement in Daveyton. PICTURE: Twitter/POWER987News

Independent candidate Owen Manda told community members while campaigning in the area that he will make sure that these issues are addressed.

Unemployment remains prevalent in the area.

Meanwhile, outspoken community activist Geoff Moeletsi is determined to make his mark in the Rustenburg Local Municipality as an independent councillor.

He is known for documenting daily, on social media, service delivery challenges faced by his community in Tlhabane township, where he was born and has always lived. These range from sewage spills and burst pipes to uncollected refuse.

Moeletsi also uses social media to urge his followers to vote for him as the new councillor for Ward 9.

Moeletsi said he was hurt by the neglected state of his neighbourhood.

“Tlhabane was never like this. It was one of the leading townships during the [former Bantustan Bophuthatswana president Lucas] Mangope era. Now we see sewage spillages and illegal dumping everywhere.

“Illegal dumping is caused by our municipality saying it doesn’t collect garden refuse, but where does it expect our people to dump it when the dumping site is 20km away in Bleskop?” he asked.

FILE PHOTO: Geoff Moeletsi, an independent candidate in Tlhabane near Rustenburg, believes he has what it takes to win his ward. PICTURE: Tebogo Letsie

“I’m standing as an independent candidate in the upcoming local government election not because it’s easy for anyone to do that, but because I know I’m going to win my ward, freeing our people from the poor leadership to which they’ve been subjected.

“I want to be there for only one term to set the pace and show them what real leadership is,” he said.

Moeletsi is also planning to push mining companies to deliver on the social labour plans they committed themselves to.

“I’ve tried engaging with mining companies before, but I was always asked who I was. Now I’ll go back to them in my capacity as a councillor and talk on behalf of my community,” he added.

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