The African Transformation Movement (ATM) says South Africans are living in fear because of escalating crime in the country. The party launched its election manifesto in Mthatha, in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.
The ATM contested its first elections in 2019, winning two seats nationally, as well as one each in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal legislatures.
The party’s leader Vuyolwethu Zungula says they will make fighting crime their priority should the electorate vote for their councillor candidates.
The African Transformation Movement (ATM) took its election campaign to the rural village of Sithebe outside Mthatha in the Eastern Cape two weeks ago.
Zungula highlighted gender-based violence, fraud and corruption, unemployment and poverty as the main challenges facing the country.
He said the ATM’s stance is the re-introduction of the death penalty to curb the high rate of gender-based violence in the country.
“We cannot have each and every month women are killed left and right in our country to an extent that women are living in fear and they are saying “Am I next?” because there is a culture of killing women in our country and the government does nothing to protect women and children. So, each and every person who decides that they are going to kill people they must know that under the ATM government, death penalty awaits them.”
3 October 2021, 7:06 AM | | @SABCNews