‘Independent candidates are not a waste’ – Anele Mda 

By Celani Sikhakhane

Independent presidential candidate Anele Mda has rejected claims that her election would be a waste of time because she doesn’t belong to a political party.

In a live interaction on Monday on her TikTok page, Mda said that whoever is elected president of the country will answer to the members of the National Assembly. 

“It’s not true that an independent candidate, once elected to power, will do as he or she pleases. We have the National Assembly, where everyone is held accountable.

“Therefore, if I get elected as president of South Africa, I will be held accountable by the country’s people through members of Parliament,” said Mda.

Mda made headlines when the IEC called all candidates to sign peace pledges in March. During the pledge signing in Johannesburg, she questioned IEC officials about the absence of her pictures.

Since then, she has attracted a lot of attention.

Mda said the incident helped her campaign because when she was on the streets of Johannesburg putting up her posters, many people came and said they wanted to help her.

“There was a group of six old male meter taxi drivers who asked to help me by putting up posters for my campaign.

“I felt humbled and, at the same time, overwhelmed by being shy. I asked them not to do that because that would be seen as disrespectful towards them since they were old enough to be my older brothers and father figures,” she said.

She said that once elected, her main task would be to scrap the NSFAS debt for all students and prioritise graduates and disabled people in order to offer better opportunities.

Mda left the ANC in 2008 after the recall of then-president Thabo Mbeki.

She joined Cope and was elected to lead its youth wing alongside actor and TV presenter Hlomla Dandala.

However, while leading the Cope Youth Movement, she was accused of behaving like then-ANCYL leader Julius Malema, after she challenged the Cope leadership on several issues.

She later left Cope and returned to the ANC, where she was appointed an MP. Early this year, she emerged as an independent presidential candidate.

Pictured above: Independent presidential candidate Anele Mda, who is standing in this year’s elections.

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