“Workers have a responsibility of defending and consolidating the gains that have been made since 1994, and also to stop political parties like the DA (Democratic Alliance) from taking us back to the dark ages,” COSATU said one day before the elections take place.

The federation is calling on workers to come out and punish the DA for applying some most dishonest tactics to campaign, including using the name of the dead to make their lies sound true and win votes, COSATU national spokesperson Sizwe Pamla said in reference to the DA using the name of Nelson Mandela in its election campaign.

“Using the name of the dead ,who cannot speak for themselves shows both the moral and political bankruptcy of this party,” he said.

Workers need to remember that the DA is opposed to their right to strike, said the spokesperson.

COSATU accuses the DA of openly opposing the Employment Equity Bill, which is a law to redress the blatant racial discrimination of the apartheid years.

The DA’s ultimate intention is to weaken unions through litigations and it was the ANC, which stood firm and opposed the DA’s attempt to deny the right to strike, Pamla said.

The DA is the largest opposition party that poses a major challenge to the ANC, which could probably lose control of three more major cities – Pretoria, Johannesburg and the Nelson Mandela Bay to the DA – in the elections, according to the latest Ipsos opinion polls.

This year’s local government elections are heralded by many as being the most contested since 1994. For the first time in history, this election will see 200 political parties and over 61,000 candidates participating.

The parties are contesting 4,392 wards in all 213 municipalities.

The ANC will be contesting almost all of the total of 4,392 wards in all 213 municipalities. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana


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