The EFF’s Mu­nic­i­pal Elec­tions Man­i­festo

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In the pream­ble to its mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions man­i­festo, EFF leader Julius Malema says lo­cal gov­ern­ment in SA rep­re­sents an im­por­tant sphere of gov­ern­ment be­cause it is ex­pected to pro­vide “ba­sic con­stant qual­ity ser­vices, jobs, safety, pri­mary health­care, and all other ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties”.

The party prom­ises to do ex­actly that, of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing from mu­nic­i­pal­ity-owned crèches, fresh food mar­kets and abat­toirs to the pro­vi­sion­ing of mu­nic­i­pal­ity-gen­er­ated elec­tric­ity and mu­nic­i­pal­ity-spon­sored driv­ing lessons for all ma­tric­u­lants. These ser­vices will be of­fered on top of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties’ more tra­di­tional du­ties, such as pro­vid­ing wa­ter and elec­tric­ity, refuse re­moval, fire­fight­ing ser­vices, main­tain­ing mu­nic­i­pal roads and stormwa­ter sys­tems, and main­tain­ing parks, recre­ational cen­tres, li­braries and other fa­cil­i­ties. goods; • Meat pro­cess­ing plants where those who breed cat­tle, chick­ens, sheep, pigs and goats will slaugh­ter live­stock as well as pack­age and trade the meat prod­ucts; • A print­ing com­pany, which will be re­spon­si­ble for all mu­nic­i­pal and pub­lic print­ing works; and •The­atres and mu­nic­i­pal­ity record­ing stu­dios to al­low as­pi­rant artists ac­cess to qual­ity per­for­mance and record­ing equip­ment and in­fra­struc­ture. • EFF coun­cil­lors will not be al­lowed to ask for money and sex­ual favours in or­der to give ba­sic ser­vices such as houses to the peo­ple they serve.

The won­der­ful

• Ser­vices and op­er­a­tional cen­tres will be open six days per week in or­der to al­low full­time work­ers to at­tend to mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices needs on week­ends. • The EFF will put an end to cadre de­ploy­ment prac­tices in mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, and se­nior mu­nic­i­pal of­fi­cials will not be al­lowed to do busi­ness with the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. • EFF coun­cil­lors will hold at least one com­mu­nity meet­ing per month and must be avail­able 24 hours per day to as­sist all the peo­ple in the com­mu­ni­ties they serve. •The EFF will abol­ish the bucket and pit toi­let sys­tems and make sure that ev­ery house­hold has ac­cess to piped wa­ter into the home and a flush­ing toi­let. •The EFF will en­sure there is never a pot­hole in any mu­nic­i­pal road for more than 48 hours. • EFF coun­cil­lors will make sure that no one in the wards they serve goes with­out food. •High-speed WiFi con­nec­tions will be avail­able in pub­lic spa­ces at all times.

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