Ekurhuleni mayoral candidate for the DA, Ghaleb Cachalia, on Tuesday kicked off his local government election campaign, which included visiting various areas to listen to residents’ problems.
Cachalia is the son of the late anti-apartheid activists Yusuf and Amina Cachalia, who were both ANC members.
He joined the DA early this year and was unveiled as the organisation’s mayoral candidate on April 19.
Although he had never been an ANC member, Cachalia said at the unveiling of his candidacy he had lost hope in the ANC.
Announcing his 30-day campaign during a media briefing in Kempton Park yesterday, Cachalia said one of his priorities was to eradicate what he described as the bad conditions many people of Ekurhuleni lived in.
He said he recently visited Lindelani, Tembisa and Daveyton on Freedom Day and was appalled by “a lack of basic services”.
“This community (of Lindelani) was moved here in 1999 and, since then, the residents have been living without water, sanitation or any basic services,” said Cachalia.
“Getting into Tembisa proved to be a nightmare as the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality has put in the least efficient roadworks system. This means it takes an hour to move 5km, even on a public holiday. Because this ANC government has failed to redress the legacy of apartheid, this is the only route in and out of Tembisa.”
It was time to bring about change in Ekurhuleni, which would stop corruption and deliver services and create jobs, added Cachalia.
He said he would visit other places, including Vosloorus, Benoni and KwaThema, to hear what residents wanted their mayor and the government of their city to do for them.
Cachalia, Tshwane mayoral candidate Solly Msimanga, and Johannesburg mayoral candidate Herman Mashaba are the DA’s hopefuls, who are expected to help the party wrestle the three Gauteng metros from the ANC in the elections on August 3.