2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

Final push as political parties campaign on Workers Day ahead of elections

The International Workers' Day gave parties a chance to convince voters to vote for them.

Workers day rallies around the country turned into campaign trails, with parties reemphasising their manifesto promises to voters.

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed supporters at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont, Durban, where union federation Cosatu hosted its national Workers' Day rally.

Speaking to Joanne Joseph, Eyewitness reporter Nthakoana Ngatane says there was a different mood among the tripartite alliance this time compared to last year.

All they (SACP and Cosatu) were saying is that while the ANC has erred in the past, with the support of these workers here today the ANC can be the only party that will deliver change in the country.

Nthakoana Ngatane, Reporter - Eyewitness News

Some areas don't have water, even here at the stadium there is no water.

Nthakoana Ngatane, Reporter - Eyewitness News

In Western Cape, the Democratic Alliance held its Worker's day rally at Hillsong Church in Century City.

Eyewitness News reporter Gaye Davis says the Western Cape Premier Helen Zille told the party supporters to keep the province blue in the coming elections.

She (Helen Zille) gave a very brief speech. She simply said she wants the province to be kept blue.

Gaye Davis, Reporter - Eyewitness News

There are real concerns that the DA's majority in the province is at risk. They are bleeding support to smaller parties.

Gaye Davis, reporter - Eyewitness News

In Alexandra, the Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema received a hero's welcome at the Johannesburg township.

Eyewitness News reporter Bonga Dlulane says Malema told those attending the rally that the ANC needs to held accountable for the money allocated to improve Alexandra through the Alexandra Renewal Project.

He said it is heartbreaking to see that nothing has changed even though the ANC has promised that when Alex changed 100 that the renewal project would be implemented.

Bonga Dlulane, Reporter - Eyewitness News 

He named Paul Mashatile and the current economic development MEC and David Makhura that R1.6 billion of that money needs to be accounted for.

Bonga Dlulane, Reporter - Eyewitness News 

Listen to all interviews below...


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
It is crucial that Cyril Ramaphosa prioritises implementation - economist

It is crucial that Cyril Ramaphosa prioritises implementation - economist

Intellidex's Peter Attard Montalto says the president needs to follow through with all his promises.

'It is clear that electorate is giving us serious consideration' - EFF

'It is clear that electorate is giving us serious consideration' - EFF

Post-election, national chairperson advocate Dali Mpofu evaluates the party's gains.

Gigaba, Dlamini and Mokonyane heading to Parliament despite outcry

Gigaba, Dlamini and Mokonyane heading to Parliament despite outcry

Political analyst Nompumelelo Runji says these people have support from their constituencies.

MPs to be sworn in next week as chief justice receives candidate lists

MPs to be sworn in next week as chief justice receives candidate lists

Eyewitness News reporter Ayanda Nyathi shares details on the process leading up to the first sitting of the National Assembly.

Could former ANC mayors come back as Gauteng MECs?

Could former ANC mayors come back as Gauteng MECs?

Eyewitness News reporter Clement Manyathela shares details on the return of Kgosientso Ramokgopa and Parks Tau.

'We take responsibility for our shortfall and don't blame anyone for our defeat'

'We take responsibility for our shortfall and don't blame anyone for our defeat'

Democratic Alliance says it will review its elections campaign and performance.

Popular articles
'It turns out DA MP Natasha Mazzone was right about load shedding'

'It turns out DA MP Natasha Mazzone was right about load shedding'

Last month, Eskom shut down claims by the Democratic Alliance that load shedding was on the cards.

[WATCH] Commuters on station stop train from hitting passenger

[WATCH] Commuters on station stop train from hitting passenger

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[WATCH] How many people does it take to park a car?

[WATCH] How many people does it take to park a car?

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

'We discuss stocks and options with our children at the dinner table'

'We discuss stocks and options with our children at the dinner table'

Bruce Whitfield interviews Basetsana Kumalo about her attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.).

'Had abuser been a male teacher, we would have had a crazy outcry from society'

'Had abuser been a male teacher, we would have had a crazy outcry from society'

Pundits discuss the sexual misconduct allegations at Bishops Diocesan College in Cape Town.

[WATCH] Boy explaining what he heard when parents had sex goes viral

[WATCH] Boy explaining what he heard when parents had sex goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

It's VW, but not as you know it - Why did Volkswagen change its logo?

It's VW, but not as you know it - Why did Volkswagen change its logo?

John Maytham asks what's behind Volkswagen's new-look logo...

5 retirement saving tips for those who left it late

5 retirement saving tips for those who left it late

It’s better to start late than never! The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Jeanette Marais.

[WATCH] Woman faints after hairdresser cuts 12-inch hair without telling her

[WATCH] Woman faints after hairdresser cuts 12-inch hair without telling her

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.