- Mmusi Maimane's One South Africa movement has announced that it intends to participate in the 2021 Local Government Elections
- The group revealed that, while it isn't in the position to contest as a collective, it will be supporting independent candidates
- These candidates will be chosen by the movement which has now opened applications to interested parties
Mmusi Maimane's One South Africa has announced that it has decided will indeed be participating in the 2021 Local Government Elections.
However, instead of contesting the elections as a collective, the group will be putting forward independent candidates.
In a statement released on Monday to announce the decision One SA commented on the call to approach the elections in this manner:
"We are convinced that these elections can and will demonstrate the power and potential of independent candidates, providing South Africans with a real alternative to political parties."
The statement confirmed that One SA will indeed not be appearing on the ballot paper, explaining that:
"OSA will not be on the ballot paper. Rather we will support, train, equip and campaign for OSA endorsed, independents in wards across the country."
The group sought to clarify that, while this immense support will be provided to these individuals, it would not be selecting them:
"These candidates will not be OSA candidates, they will be independent candidates of their community, supported by the people, focused on delivering to the people."
Commenting on the announcement, group founder Mmusi Maimane boldly stated that:
"Politics will not be the same in our country. It cannot afford to be the same. Our people are hungry and unemployed, while politicians continue to perfect incompetence. In 2021 OneSA Movement will be changing that."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema recently revealed that the Red Berets believe that the 2021 local government elections should be delayed.
ActionSA leader, Herman Mashaba, has warned that this proposal would spark a constitutional crisis:
“Delaying the 2021 elections would generate a constitutional crisis of municipal governments operating without the mandates they require from South Africans.”
Mashaba elaborated that the policies limiting a term in office are in place to safeguard SA's democracy:
“The constitution of our Republic of South Africa limits a term of office to five years. This provision is the most important safeguard to South Africa’s electoral democracy. "
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