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Election Bites: Lesufi hands out thousands of youth jobs

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ANC – Panyaza Lesufi, the ANC premier candidate for Gauteng, handed employment letters to thousands of young people applying for jobs from the Gauteng government. Lesufi said this is the first batch of 500,000 young people who will be recruited to fill government jobs and receive skills training through the Nasi Isipani initiative. Job creation for township youth is expected to be one of the major arsenals in the ANC’s desperate fight to retain control of Gauteng after the 29 May elections. Meanwhile, on Wednesday, former Gauteng premier Tokyo Sexwale campaigned for the ANC in Ratanda and Sedibeng.

Voting – More than 78,000 South Africans abroad will vote in 111 embassies worldwide on Friday and Saturday. The IEC has appealed a previous court ruling to increase voting stations for voters abroad, but the commission has no control over South Africa’s diplomatic missions, which are under the Department of International Relations and Cooperation. London has become the biggest voting station in this election, with 24,194 voters registered there and will operate on 18 and 19 May. Counting votes in all foreign missions will be done with party agents and international observers at the voting stations.

Rise Mzansi – The party has called on anyone planning to vote against the ANC not to vote for the DA. “This election, don’t waste your vote on the DA. Election after election, they say they can beat the ANC. They haven’t, and they never will. They have reached their ceiling. Vote for new leaders who put the people at the centre of their politics and who can beat the ANC. Vote for Rise Mzansi on 29 May.” The party has refused to join the DA-led Multi-party Charter for SA, saying DA leader John Steenhuisen and federal chairperson Helen Zille lack the confidence of the public to lead such a pact.

DA – Party leader John Steenhuisen returned to the Free State, addressing the party’s rally in Matjhabeng, Welkom. Thousands of DA supporters attended the rally, and Steenhuisen promised the party could rescue the province from years of poor service delivery and maladministration.

Pictured above: Panyaza Lesufi handing out employment letters.

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