Election Bites: Ramaphosa campaigns in KZN 

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ANC – President Cyril Ramaphosa is doing his utmost to raise the ANC’s profile in highly contested KwaZulu-Natal, where the IFP is campaigning to unseat the ruling party. Ramaphosa returned to the province on Friday, starting his campaign in the Inkosi Bhambatha region, where he pledged his support for the party’s premier candidate, Siboniso Duma. The ANC has battled to make inroads in the IFP stronghold of Greytown, which is also the home of the Abantu Batho Congress of businessman Phumlani PG Mavundla.

ANC – The Indian township in Durban is Ramaphosa’s next stop on Saturday. He will also campaign in Gedleyihlekisa Zone, Mandeni, and eThekwini. On Sunday, Ramaphosa will visit Inkosi Shozi’s homestead and address the community at the Isipingo CBD. It has become a norm that the president presents Inkosi with a cow to add to his cattle kraal.

EFF – Leader Julius Malema also started his weekend election campaign in KZN. At an event in Amajuba, Newcastle, he promised the community that the EFF would improve the RDP houses built by the ANC government by building three-bedroom homes with flushing toilets.

Umkhonto Wesizwe – The MK party published a list of coordinators for buses that will transport thousands of supporters to Johannesburg to attend the launch of the party’s manifesto at Orlando Stadium in Soweto. It was initially claimed that Joburg supporters could fill the 37,000-seater  stadium independently. On Friday, the party’s campaign truck, often used as a platform for the leadership to address a crowd, was spotted in Orlando township in Soweto.

Rise Mzansi – Leader Songezo Zibi shifted his focus to persuade South Africans abroad – who are scheduled to vote today and Saturday – to consider choosing new leaders. Rise Mzansi is one of the few new parties with no leaders from the pre-democracy era and no leaders with liberation struggle credentials. It comprises young black professionals, university and college students, and thousands of unemployed graduates.

ActionSA – Leader Herman Mashaba started his weekend in Mahikeng in North West, where he interacted with community members and hung party posters on street poles. The party is participating for the first time in a national general election but is buoyed by its performance in the 2021 municipal elections, where it secured over 550,000 votes after contesting in six municipalities.

Pictured above: Cyril Ramaphosa campaigning in KwaZulu-Natal.

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