The Apostle Sibusiso Simelane is the ATM’s mayoral candidate for Steve Tshwete local municipality. This municipality is predominantly an ANC stronghold and has been so for decades. It will be a hard campaign for Simelane and the faith based political party as the community will vote for promises kept. The Herald followed his first step in proving himself worthy for the office of mayor as Simelane took to the settlement of Doornkop to face the community issues there head on. On Sunday the ATM’s candidate elect visited the community in Doornkop who’s members felt they are not only ignored by their councillor who is also alleged to have played a role in having several of the local residents arrested during the marsh riots on the N11. According to the ATM some of the problems caused by the community elected representative to STLM and the district government in the area are human rights violations and the department of justice should be called upon to intervene. “We will use the proper channels to deal with these issues as a party and we would like to also emphasize the fact that we do not condone the use of violence. A great injustice has been dealt to the people of Doornkop, so as a faith based political party we will do everything in our power to make sure that justice for the people is done. We are also praying that diplomacy will prevail in uniting this community,” exclaimed Simelane. The mayoral candidate also took to the authorities to establish the root cause of the arrests made during the Marsh riots and went as far as confronting Eskom officials regarding the electrification issues in the area which seemed to be at the centre of the commotion as with all political campaigns the people have the final say which they will voice via their ballot papers on election day. Optimistic with the intent to make a difference in his hometown Simelane feels it is time for fresh young blood in the local office and he seems determined to bring about change and unity starting with our semi-rural areas. Could this be the first step to ushering an ATM administration by resolving what the ANC has overlooked?