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Political parties present their plans for Midvaal

Midvaal is the only Democratic Alliance-run municipality in Gauteng.

ANC, DA, EFF and the Freedom Front Plus representatives at the Meyerton Community Hall presenting their parties’ plan for the municipality. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

MIDVAAL - Political parties in Midvaal have presented their plans for the hotly contested area ahead of the local elections in August.

Midvaal is the only Democratic Alliance (DA)-run municipality in Gauteng and the African National Congress (ANC) says it will rid the area of apartheid spatial planning.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) said earlier today it would supply free services to those living in formal settlements.

However, Mayor Bongani Baloyi said the municipality's unqualified reports spoke for itself, but admitted said there was much work to do.

Parties were addressing a 702 special elections broadcast in Meyerton.

Community members packed the Meyerton Community Hall to listen to political party leaders.

#Elections2016 ANC Supporters singing to DA mayor Bongani Baloyi. MK pic.twitter.com/NuLyxAUbfq

Kobus Hoffman from the Freedom Front Plus (FF Plus) said top of his party's agenda was abandoning BEE and land reform, while the EFF's Azwi Tshitangano said his party would ensure free services for the poor.

The ANC's Simon Mofokeng said the party would prioritise the poor.

"People in the hostels don't have electricity, we are talking about water, but they also don't have electricity. So we are going to expand our programme so we can include even communities in the rural areas."

Baloyi said under his administration corruption was being tackled and he promised a youth-biased municipality that put challenges faced by young people at its centre.

However, the ANC said the DA had done little to improve the lives of the poor.

The mayor said the municipality has improved under the DA's leadership.