#OutForElections: Party leaders battle it out in the build up to elections

The 2016 local government elections are around the corner, with only 15 days left till voting day. CapeTalk gathered party leaders in a round table discussion to talk about what these parties will be bringing to the table.

The Pippa Hudson Show, hosted by Africa Melane, broadcasted live from the Centre for the Book.

The broadcast kicked off with party leaders reiterating what their parties stands for and the improvements they've done within the Western Cape.

Democratic Alliance: Deputy Mayor Ian Nielson

African National Congress: Tony Ehrenreich

African Christian Democratic Party: Mr Grant Haskin

Economic Freedom Fighters: Bernard Joseph

Deputy Mayor Ian Nielson says the DA is the only party that has a plan, where people know what they're getting when voting for it.

He says the party is facing challenges in providing services to a city that is rapidly growing.

South Africa is urbanising very rapidly and Cape Town grew by 30 % in the last ten years. We probably going to grow by another million people in the next ten years and we can only succeed as the city if we build the city's economy, create jobs and generate the income...

Deputy Mayor Ian Nielson, Democratic Alliance

He says despite the 30% increase in population, the city has shown success over the last ten years, and the unemployment rate has decreased by 5%.

Tony Ehrenreich spoke on behalf of the African National Congress saying Cape Town had a long history of delivery when it was governed by the ANC. He says the DA has done nothing unique over the past ten years.

The greatest threat in Cape Town is the huge levels of inequality. We ask the DA to compare the rich lifestyles in Cape Town to the poor lifestyles...

Tony Ehrenreich, African National Congress

He says as the ANC they will focus their attention on ensuring an effective public transport system is rolled out in places that are in dire need, like the Cape flats and the townships.

People in Blaauwberg and Milnerton have cars, they had many alternatives of public transport but the City of Cape Town rolls out the rapid bus system there first because that's where the constituency is.

Tony Ehrenreich, African National Congress

Grant Haskin of the ACDP says his party has played an essential and influential role in the way the City is governed.

The ACDP has a successful track record of governance in the city and outside the city

Grant Haskin, ACDP

He says the party offers the voters integrity among their office bearers, honesty, accountability, experience and knowledge of governance. He says they going to change the way rate payer are treated and undermined by the current government in Cape Town.

Lastly, Bernard Joseph spoke on behalf of the EFF challenging the DA on the Mayor's announcement that 67% of the budget has been allocated to the development of poor areas. He says there is no sign of that budget being spent there.

Nothing has happened since 1994. The land still belongs to those who owned it since 1994, service delivery protests are busy increasing, there's corruption in every sphere of government and on top of that, the DA government prides itself in saying that they are better than the ANC but they are worse than the ANC...

Bernard Joseph, EFF

Listen to the full conversation below:


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