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Kimberley - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader in the Northern Cape, Aubrey Baartman, said on Thursday that he was very satisfied with his party’s performance in the province, scooping around five percent of the votes.
“Although we had hoped to do better, we have representation in the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature.”
The party will have two seats and will be the third largest in the provincial government.
Baartman pointed out that unlike parties that were already represented in the legislature, the EFF had to finance its elections campaign itself.
“The money for the campaign had to come out of our own pockets. This means that in the next elections, we will be in a better position to canvas for more votes.
“We wanted to do better, but we are happy with the situation as it stands at the moment. It will open the door for the next elections in four years’ time, where we will fight with even more fire.”
Referring to the challenges facing the new legislature, Baartman pointed out that there were many communities in the Northern Cape that had no access to clean water, despite the fact that they were located right next to the Vaal River, while some areas had no access to sewerage.
“Service delivery issues need to be addressed. Money that is earmarked for projects is being used for operational expenses and this needs to be stopped. The ANC government must be accountable to the public for service.”