30 April 2019

South Africa: Battleground Western Cape - Door to Door, Street to Street the Foot Soldiers Compete for Votes

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There's just a week left before South Africa votes in its sixth democratic elections on 8 May. In the Western Cape, between radio interviews, political debates, chair-throwing and posing for posters, politicians have been on the ground canvassing for votes in areas where their pleas could find fertile ground. This week will be no different.

The Western Cape is one of South Africa's highly contested provinces during this election cycle. It is the only province not ruled by the governing party but the DA's 59% majority is being challenged by the ANC, GOOD and the EFF who are all trying to get a bigger bite of the pie.

In the 2014 national and provincial elections, there were 2.1-million votes cast in the province and with issues such as the water crisis, poor service delivery in some areas, inequality between rich and poor residents, as well as farm evictions, and the ongoing issues between the Democratic Alliance and Patricia de Lille, GOOD leader, the race for votes in the province has proved interesting.

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