1976 student leader contesting elections as independent candidate

African National Congress (ANC) member and 1976 student leader, Seth Mazibuko, says he was nominated by Orlando East community members to represent them as an independent candidate in the upcoming local government elections.

Mazibuko says he still loves the ANC, and contesting elections was not his decision.

People of Orlando East have come together as a forum and asked, if we are to fight a Goliath - crime, housing, renaming of Orlando stadium, Eskom prepaid electricity - they requested that as the chair of the OTT, bab' uMazibuko we're nominating you to stand as an independent candidate because we are not a political party.

Seth Mazibuko, 1976 student activist

And besides, we are saying as people of Orlando East, issues of the community should not have political colour. And parties should not nominate people for the community.

Seth Mazibuko, 1976 student activist

He says the people who asked him to run as an independent candidate know that he is a member of the ANC.

Mazibuko believes that people want their own people to represent them, not political parties.

I'm discussing this with some of the senior members of the ANC, who sympathetic to the position that I'm in now.

Seth Mazibuko, 1976 student activist

One of the things that should be reviewed in this country, is this system of electoral system. It really calls for some deep inspection and debate, particularly at local level.

Seth Mazibuko, 1976 student activist

He says none of the ANC senior members have approached him to discuss why he is running as an independent candidate.

Listen to the interview for more information...


702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
10 business tips to boost you through a tough economy

10 business tips to boost you through a tough economy

Business growth specialist, Pavlo Phitidi tracks down previously profiled businesses and advises them on their next level growth.

Zuma lashes out at 101 ANC stalwarts in policy conference opening salvo

Zuma lashes out at 101 ANC stalwarts in policy conference opening salvo

President Zuma went 'off script' on Friday when he castigated his detractors saying many denied being on the 101 stalwarts list.

Explore the magic of Madeira at the Caravela Portuguese Festival

Explore the magic of Madeira at the Caravela Portuguese Festival

This weekend, all roads lead to the magical Madeira Day festivities at Montecasino.

Coalition politics will be the name of the game after elections says expert

Coalition politics will be the name of the game after elections says expert

Smaller parties and independent candidates may play a key role in coalition politics and efficient municipalities after elections.

Herman Mashaba talks Joburg service delivery and debates coalition politics

Herman Mashaba talks Joburg service delivery and debates coalition politics

DA's Herman Mashaba says City of Joburg's upgrade from Moody's is not changing lives of residents, and talked coalition politics.

What are the pros and cons of coalition politics?

What are the pros and cons of coalition politics?

Redi Tlhabi invites 702 and CapeTalk listeners to explore the dynamics of political parties joining forces.

Popular articles
So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

Wits associate professor of economics Christopher Malikane speaks to Azania Mosaka about the term that is being bandied about.

Shop 'til you drop: The top 'Black Friday' deals this week

Shop 'til you drop: The top 'Black Friday' deals this week

Start your Christmas shopping off with a bang at these major retailers offering some impressive discounted sales for Black Friday.

Pamela Nomvete on her downfalls as actress, and 'climbing back'

Pamela Nomvete on her downfalls as actress, and 'climbing back'

This week Xolani Gwala's speaks to former Generations actor Pamela Nomvete for #WhatInTheWorldHappenedTo feature.

How Naspers paid peanuts for Tencent (China’s most valuable company)

How Naspers paid peanuts for Tencent (China’s most valuable company)

In 2001 Naspers invested $32 million in (then tiny) Tencent. Learn more about the wildly profitable Chinese behemoth...

Police hunt man who doled out drug-laced sweets to school kids

Police hunt man who doled out drug-laced sweets to school kids

60 children from three schools in south of Johannesburg were rushed to hospital after eating sweets handed out by a stranger.

'The university degree is dead'

'The university degree is dead'

Flux Trends founder Dion Chang gives five reasons why he believes getting a degree is past its sell by date.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?