On Friday 8 July, The Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) in collaboration with the Hanns Seidel Foundation hosted a roundtable discussion titled: “The Run-Up to Local Elections”. We invited four guest speakers, Mr Kevin Mileham – DA Shadow Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr Xolani Sotashe – ANC Western Cape Mayoral Candidate, Mr Bernard Joseph – EFF Western Cape Chairperson, and Professor Cherrel Africa – UWC Deputy Dean EMS Faculty and Professor of Political Studies. The aim of the discussion was to provide the three major political parties in South Africa – the Democratic Alliance, the African National Congress, and the Economic Freedom Fighters – an opportunity to speak to their respective parties’ 2016 local election manifesto in the hope to address the issues faced by the electorate. The large crowd of more than 70 engaged robustly with the parties, often asking difficult questions and raising community challenges that the political parties should address once elected. Professor Africa summed up the importance of the local elections best when she reminded all that not voting in the elections is not an option.
L-R: Fr Peter-John Pearson (Director, CPLO); Mr Xolani Sotashe; Mr Bernard Joseph; Prof Cherrel Africa; and Mr Kevin Mileham