Over 100 community workers rallied together to support AL JAMA-AH and stood as ward candidates in 90 wards in City of Cape Town and 27 wards in the City of Johannesburg. As soon as the election date was announced the race was on to get enough votes for one or more seats in these two municipalities.
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. Now that the election is over the aspirant councillors who did not make it to win a ward will continue their community work with more support from the Party. The 2011 municipal elections is the start of their political internship and they will do better insha Allah in the 2014 municipal, provincial and national elections. This is in line with the Party’s founding principles to get more Muslims involved in the political life of the country.
ALJAMA got 8238 votes in Cape Town and 4900 votes in Johannesburg. It still has a long struggle ahead to capture the imagination of Muslim voters and Muslim businesses. Funding was lacking in the run up to the election and many candidates did not have posters and flyers and meals, transport and allowances for campaigners and Party agents. The Party’s main source of funds is its R15 annual membership fees. Party stalwarts put their hands into their own pockets to support the Party with running costs and helped with interest free loans.
The two PR councillors in the City of Cape Town and the City of Johannesburg appointed by the National Working Committee of the Party would like to thank our fellow candidates , their families and friends and supporters for their hard work and support without which they would not have been elected to public office.