New political party, BACS, announces its Nelson Mandela Bay mayoral candidate


The battle for Nelson Mandela Bay in the upcoming Local Government Elections has just become that much more interesting after a new political party, the Building A Cohesive Society in South Africa (BACS), announced that it will be fielding its own mayoral candidate.

Led by former ANC and COPE member, Lynda Odendaal, the new party announced Keith Potgieter as their mayoral candidate in Uitenhage on Thursday.

Speaking at the same event, Potgieter said that he was a peoples’ person, and that politics was in his system. He further added that things were not ok in the Metro as in the last ten years, it has had four mayors, four municipal managers and not a single appointed executive director.

“A metro with a police force which could not be established, this is major concern,” he said.

BACS was formed by Odendaal and was registered as a political party in April this year and said it was looking to make a difference in the Nelson Mandela Bay.

“We currently have a high unemployment rate and there is lack of social cohesion and development over the last years. If you look at the Metro not much has been improved in the last 22 years,” said Odendaal.

She claimed that the party has been growing at a very rapid rate.

“The growth rate in the last two months has surprised us, and I think it is due to the fact that there is fair amount of disillusionment in terms of where we stand as a party,” she described.

Odendaal said that the party is firstly focusing on growing in the Eastern Cape, and that BACS is also represented on six other provinces.

“We are looking at unity, economic fairness and ensuring economic development and bringing that change to the Eastern Cape and other provinces that we are going to work in,” she said.