The Al Jamah party which picked up 0.2% of the vote in the Western Cape in Wednesday’s local government election has congratulated all three Muslim parties for their performance. Party leader, Ganief Hendricks said the parties had done “well” in getting one seat each “under very difficult circumstances and with no or little funding”. According to Hendricks, not only did the number of Muslim candidates – including women – increase, but they also showed “that more Muslims are keen to play a more active role in the political life of the country and in civic affairs”.
The good news is that ALJAMA won a seat in each of the municipalities due to the hard work of its candidates who took time off from running feeding schemes and other community projects to campaign door to door to get voter support.
The IEC Western Cape herewith releases the final provisional results of the Local Government Elections 2011 for the Western Cape. The Electoral Commission of South Africa will confirm the official results and declare the Local Government Elections 2011.
In a carefully orchestrated radio interview preceded by a mischievous poll Keith Gottschalk political scientist at the University Western Cape and Munadia Karan one of our most senior Muslim journalist’s ganged up to influence Muslim voters not to vote for…