Minister Derek Hanekom’s arrival made it obvious that the ANC were taking the announcement of their local election candidates seriously.
Rumours that candidates were on and off the list are likely true but what counts the most is that there are no protests or riots (as has happened around South Africa). It’s possible that Knysna residents are mostly happy with the final list.
Victor Molosi is the ANC Mayoral candidate. Having previously been the Speaker for the town, he’s a man of obvious experience. He’s running as Councillor for Ward 8. As his name doesn’t appear on the PR lists (proportional representation), he’s confident that he’ll win.
Do you know what PR lists are? In the Knysna context, after the 11 Ward councillors are determined, 10 PR councillors will be allocated according to which party gained the most votes. As a rough example, the DA gained half the vote in 2011, securing themselves half the PR positions. If they’d had just one PR seat less, they’d have lost the election.
What makes Ward 8 more interesting is that there was controversy last time. The ANC never chose the most popular ANC leader, Ntombizanele Sopeki, as their candidate. Instead, politics instead of democracy was in action. Sopeki, now married and called Jantjies, ran as an independent and won.
A persistent yet unconfirmed rumour was that Malosi, Eleonor-Bouw Spies (currently DA Speaker) and Stephen de Vries (currently ANC Chief Whip) had campaigned for her.
In a twist to the twisted story, Jantjies chose to vote with the ANC on issues rather than independently.
Malosi is back from serving on the ANC’s Regional Executive Committee (REC) for Eden District. I hear that he’s popular and likely to win his ward for the ANC.
I’m pleased to announce that Titi Gombo is second on the PR list, meaning that it’s likely she’ll get reelected. She has been a stable figure in the Council the past 5 years, speaking clearly and only when necessary (as opposed to some councillors who like to make a lot of noise).
Clive Witbooi, the Ward 9 candidate, is the only remaining ANC councillor with a chance of reelection. But he’s in for a rough ride because COPE, ICOSA and the DA will be competing strongly for his area. Considering the questionable use of public funds to pay his studies, i’m hoping Witbooi doesn’t come back.
Malosi, i look forward to meeting you in the hope that the new ANC will practice transparency and vigorous debate.
WARD CANDIDATES (2016 MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS)
- Ward 1 – Sarel Solomons
- Ward 2 – Hendrias Morris
- Ward 3 – Skosana Mncendisi
- Ward 4 – Vinolia Gumqubele
- Ward 5 – Gaswin Spies
- Ward 6 – Julia Klaassen
- Ward 7 – Mandla Matiwane
- Ward 8 – Victor Molosi
- Ward 9 – Clive Witbooi
- Ward 10 – Aubrey Tsengwa
- Ward 11 – Neville Korkee
PR CANDIDATES (2016 MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS)
- Ndoda Aubrey Tsengwa
- Titi Elizabeth Gombo
- Claudine Denise Croutz
- Millicent Ntombise Naki
- Nontobeko Patricia Mbobosi
- Phumla Priscillia Nkam
- Nobesuthu Delihlazo
- Marchelle Renay Olivier