By Sphesihle Masondo – As the local government elections get close, the competition between political parties to win the hearts and votes of citizens becomes stronger. Various political parties gathered at the KwaBester Community Hall to engage citizens on their manifestos and why they deserve their votes.
Inanda Fm and Vibe Fm in partnership with DDP and KAS hosted their final political parties dialogue on July 27, 2016. The dialogue took place at the KwaBester Community Hall in KwaMashu and was a live broadcast aired by the two stations between 1pm till 5pm.
Various political parties were invited to participate. However, four participated in the dialogue. These were namely the African National Congress (ANC), Democratic Alliance (DA), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Congress of the People (COPE).
DDP Project coordinator Sthembiso Madlala chaired and facilitated the dialogue due to his experience and understanding of the political atmosphere ahead of the Local Government Elections on August 3, 2016. Madlala chaired and facilitated the event in a manner that allowed all parties and public to fairly engage each other.
Various issues were discussed; with each of the parties present given the time to detail what they will deliver should they receive the votes of the people.
The event was a major success and had entertainment from a local performance group that usually works closely with DDP. They performed a play emphasising and educating about the importance of voting.
Rise Mzansi KZN Convener, Nonkululeko Hlongwane-Mhlongo, IFP President VF Hlabisa, DDP's Partner Liaison and Development Officer Mbalenhle Mkhize and Executive Director Dr. Paul Kariuki at the DDP Civic Education Conference.