Here are answers to some questions Susan has received from Ward 5 residents.
1. What clout will Susan, the KIM representative, have?
Far more clout than a single councillor of either major party, because the DA and the ANC need to work with the smaller parties to form a majority and govern the town. Given Susan’s excellent relations with the three other parties that will only have one councillor each, this puts a party like KIM in the position of power-broker… and even king-maker.
2. Will a vote for KIM allow the ANC to win the ward?
Based on statistics from the National and Provincial elections in May 2019, the ANC, EFF and PBI cannot win and only KIM and the DA have a realistic chance to win the ward.
3. If Susan wins the Ward, will it hand control of the town to the ANC?
Absolutely not. The DA will still have an overall numerical advantage.
4. Is the lack of action from the DA the reason Knysna is in a mess?
Knysna is in a mess because both the DA and the ANC have neglected over the past two decades to focus on Knysna’s infrastructure and real needs. The DA has been in power in Knysna since 2011 and must bear the larger share of responsibility for our current situation. The DA has largely failed to pick competent councillors and has sidelined the most competent councilors in favour of councilors who obey the out of town party bosses and do as they are told.
5. What can be done about the exorbitant rates that the municipality is charging the church for the Parklands?
Susan has also received numerous complaints from farmers about exorbitant increases in their rates bills and will give priority to ensure that property rates that are being charged are lawful and fair.
You may be eligible for a special vote at your voting station if you are unable to vote on Election Day – 21st of August 2019.
You may be eligible for a home visit to cast your special vote if you are physically infirm, disabled or pregnant and as a result unable to visit your voting station on Election Day
Special voting takes place on Monday the 19th and Tuesday the 20th or August 2019, set in the Election Timetable, which is usually the day before the by-election day.
Special vote applications must be submitted during a set period as specified in the election timetable (usually about two weeks before the by-election date) – which is Monday the 5th – Wednesday the 8th of August 2019.
You can apply at the local IEC office where the by-election is taking place, or online at http://www.elections.org.za, or by SMSing your ID number to 32249 ( R1 per SMS)
You will be notified of the progress of your application.
Only voters whose applications are approved (successful) may cast a special vote.
PLEASE NOTE THAT NO POSTAL VOTES ARE ALLOWED.
YOU HAVE TO BE HERE ON THE DAYS OF THE ELECTIONS.
If you need more information, please contact Judy Harrison on (083) 266-1200.