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ANC admits defeat in W Cape

2011-05-22 14:39

Cape Town - Internal challenges and a late start to campaigning cost the ANC heavily in the Western Cape, the party's leadership in the province conceded on Sunday.

Speaking at a post-election media briefing, African National Congress Western Cape chairperson Marius Fransman said the newly-elected provincial executive committee (PEC) had not had enough time to prepare.

Asked if the late start to their campaign - following the party's bruising provincial conference in mid-February, which saw him elected chairperson over Mcebisi Skwatsha - might be a big reason for their performing poorly, Fransman conceded this was a factor.

"Indeed so. The fact that we had internal challenges... We only had two months; we would have preferred 12," he said.

The ANC emerged from last Wednesday's municipal elections with just over 34% of the votes in the province, compared to the Democratic Alliance's 57%.

Fransman put a positive spin on this, indicating the party was now focusing on the next provincial election.

"This (the result) is the first instalment in a three-year plan," he said.

He also revealed some of the thinking behind the ANC's campaign strategy, saying the party's provincial executive had gone into the 2011 election in the province with a view to "hold on to what we've got".

 Party provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile took this a step further, saying the ANC had actually increased its support in the region "by more than 70 000, from 2006 (election) actual numbers".

He too admitted there had not been enough time.

"The newly-elected PEC had very little time to prepare for the past election. Upon appointment, (it) was faced with a multitude of challenges.

"These ranged from a lack of resources, a bruising provincial conference and disputes about ward conferences, to an organisation which had bled support to opposition parties since 2008," he said.

Fransman said the DA had fought a good fight.

"They've won this battle," he said.

On the way forward for the ANC in the province, he said a lot of work was needed.

"We didn't win, and will have to do a lot of work to regain (ground)," Fransman said.

Mjongile accused "some local media" of running a "subtle racist campaign" in the province, which had created insecurity among white voters and led to a bigger turnout for the DA.

Fransman agreed the media had a lot to answer for.

"Media has a lot to answer for in the Western Cape, especially Die Burger."

He suggested some reporting was anti-ANC and part of a "sophisticated strategy".

"Go and look (in the newspapers) what the message was," Fransman said.

Comments
  • Slapper - 2011-05-22 14:46

    It took them long enough? stunned, like a mullet I suppose?

      golferspal - 2011-05-22 14:49

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMwRM7LIVKo&feature=related

      BigMoose - 2011-05-22 15:06

      Uitgedroog, soos 'n bokkom.

      Risen Ape - 2011-05-22 15:10

      "Internal challenges and a late start to campaigning cost the ANC heavily in the Western Cape" No. Saying that colored people are over populated in the Western Cape was your downfall.

      Judgmental - 2011-05-22 16:21

      What a piss poor excuse. The ANC has had since 2006 to get their act together

      Nunya - 2011-05-22 16:54

      Ha ha...where are all those big mouth dummy ANC supporters now, all those that was so sure the ANC will win Cape Town....IN YOUR UGLY FACE hahahahahahahahahahah!!!!!!I said I was gonna say this...so here it is..TOLD YOU SO!!!!!

  • Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-22 14:49

    Mmmhm, yeah, and the fact that the DA can run the place better than you could ever dream had NOTHING WHATSOEVER to do with the fact, i'm sure.

      chappy - 2011-05-22 22:51

      Ja I find it quite telling that they complain about "lack of resources" as a reason for losing...... the ruling party has a lot more money than the DA, but the DA don't drive around in BMW X6 campaign vehicles like the ANC!!!! What are the resources for, your 50 bodyguards, new BMW and overseas jaunts?

      HopefulXpat - 2011-05-22 23:02

      It is actually really sad that the ANC thinks that by simply campaigning harder they could have turned around a 34% to 57% defeat. In a healthy democracy, voters should make up their minds about who they will support based on the principles and performance of a party. Any form of campaigning should be in the form of a public debate about the issues that require addressing so that voters can get a clear picture about where their leaders stand. That is the theory... In South Africa, however, politicians win votes by means of struggle songs, toilets, blatant lies, ancestor threats, baseless insults and the ever available race card. Damn, the more I think about this, the sadder it becomes...

  • tiotudg - 2011-05-22 14:55

    Die ANC behoort manmoedig genoeg te wees om neerlaag in Suid-Afrika punt te erken. Watwo!

  • andrew.pottow - 2011-05-22 14:59

    Oh no. Not AGAIN?!?! The media is a fault this time too? You have got to be kidding me! I cant think why they would publish articles that paint the ANC in a bad light? Or is it that the ANC is giving them material to write about and the news papers and other media outlets are running with the stories? The media surely wouldnt just invent stories that amount to bad press for the ANC and not anyone else? Why not the DA? Oh wait, the DA hasn't done even a tenth of what the ANC has done to discredit itself!!!

  • Huey Freeman - 2011-05-22 15:03

    I am so worried about the media. That's why I have burglar bars on my house and check to see who is around me when I have to stop at intersections at night. The police cars drive around my area at night, patrolling for the media. You never know where or when they will strike again, because the media is a shape-shifter from the Karoo. Just last week, the media mugged (after having shape-shifted to a young man with no job prospects - just so that these people will be stereotyped! Evil media!) an old lady down the street for her pension money. I don't know where it will stop!

      BigMoose - 2011-05-22 15:15

      Call Chuck Norris. He'll get that bad media boogeyman out of your closet.

  • BigMoose - 2011-05-22 15:04

    Local media running a "subtle racist campaign"? Nothing like the obviously racist campaign run by the ANC at their rallies, oh no. Get it into your thick heads, the Western Cape does not want the ANC, finish and klaar. Make all the excuses you want to, but you are OUT!

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-22 16:04

      Dont be so sure.

      BigMoose - 2011-05-22 16:41

      Oh, I'm very sure.

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-22 16:45

      Time will tell.

      John - 2011-05-22 16:49

      Me too.

      RobertKay - 2011-05-22 20:23

      @yellow1 - be a man and admit the ANC got wiped. Now go away and concentrate on other parts of the country. Next elections your party might even lose more!

      chappy - 2011-05-22 22:59

      If the ANC spent HALF as much time and money fixing their own problems as they do on slandering Cape Town and the DA we'd be living in a very different country... but until the voters realise that democracy means they actually do have a choice, they will continue to get away with poor governance. I will laugh out loud at the first service delivery protest in an ANC run municipality. And rest assured there will be many...

      Whistleblower - 2011-05-23 07:21

      Nothing like free and fair elections

      thatsawesome - 2011-05-23 08:32

      @ Yellow , Haha time is not in ANC's favour i'm afraid. They are far behind the DA and i hope that you have the time to watch them fall on their face.

  • BigD - 2011-05-22 15:04

    Hey Fransman. The anc had the same time as Da to do election campaign. The problem is that the anc has so much infighting that they misssed the boat or should I say vote. Another big thorn in the side of the anc was taking malema there.

      ANC Ancestor - 2011-05-22 16:22

      The way I see it the main problems within the ANC: Juliass, Showerhead, FAKU and all the other corrupt mamparas in the ANC. If the ANC could rid themselves of those people and replace them with descent people, they might just have a fighting chance against the DA in the Western Cape. Otherwise the big old ugly NO ENTRY sign will remain for the ANC

  • Wayne - 2011-05-22 15:07

    The silliest comment of the year.

  • joe - 2011-05-22 15:10

    Fransman, you're dishonest and you know it. Were the famous remarks of Manyi fabricated by the media? And those of the genius Malema? And, and, and......( the list is endless) Is that what you are saying? Do you think we're stupid? Get a life, man.

  • SoulDaddy - 2011-05-22 15:11

    He also revealed some of the thinking behind the ANC's campaign strategy, saying the party's provincial executive had gone into the 2011 election in the province with a view to "hold on to what we've got". Hayibo don't tek awey ma bee em dabbel yoo end ma beeg house end ma gucci hendbeg end ma fency puma tekkies eish bladdy agents

  • phillip.havenga - 2011-05-22 15:11

    The ANC failed because they are corrupt and useless. The DA has proven to be a far more competent and non race biased party hence why they won because they DELIVER. Something the ANC would have no idea about.

  • Joryha - 2011-05-22 15:12

    ANC could not even find a person in its ranks to stand as a mayoral candidate. Why a person from Cosatu. This is what contributed to the ANC's failure in WC.

      allie - 2011-05-22 15:16

      Don`t make feeble excuses.You have had since 94 to campaigne.

      Dave - 2011-05-22 15:25

      There has been a lot of talk that the ANC knew they could never win from the get go and that they nominated Tony as the fall go....there are no friends in politics

  • alvin - 2011-05-22 15:17

    The anc did not win because of the racist comment "too many coloured in the Western Cape".

  • Yucca - 2011-05-22 15:20

    ssh don't say anything. The think it's "Internal challenges and a late start to campaigning" that cost them.

      joe - 2011-05-22 15:29

      well spotted!

      tryanything - 2011-05-22 16:22

      Internal challenges? Where? inside the heads?

      ANC Ancestor - 2011-05-22 16:27

      Yeah FAKU too

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-05-22 15:21

    They lost because the DA delivers and they do not

  • LUFC - 2011-05-22 15:22

    hahaha is that why they believe they lost? Definition of delusion. Maybe... just maybe... one of the reasons why they lost even more votes is because they insulted the entire cape coloured population? Absolutely thick campaigning.

  • joe - 2011-05-22 15:25

    Is this why your party wants to muzzle the press, Fransman? Die waarheid maak seer.

      Sapere Aude - 2011-05-22 16:26

      Hoor, hoor!

  • Kameomaua - 2011-05-22 15:26

    anyway, our votes should NOT depend on the show and spectacle a party can put on in the last few weeks before an election, but on the sterling work it performs in the YEARS between the elections.

  • Kameomaua - 2011-05-22 15:31

    I wonder whether the commentators on this page have checked out the map displaying the election results this year - and then compared them to those of 2006. Very encouraging. The DA is really moving North and East. And if you look at the results in some kapoon-coloured districts, you will see that, with a little negotiation and compromising, they could also turn a lighter shade of blue (plurality local governments).

  • Freddie - 2011-05-22 15:32

    Is it at all possible to get the idea into an ANC skull that actually running something efficiently is what counts? EVERY ANC run municipality in South Africa is collapsing due to varying degrees of inefficiency and corruption. The ones that are run by other parties operate.

      sparky1 - 2011-05-22 17:36

      And all government offices are staffed by the most incompetent and rude people and we pay there salaries, funny thing is they are voted in again or is it just me, because I am white.

  • ecoecho - 2011-05-22 15:41

    They think that is why they lost in the Cape? Pleeeeeeeeeze.

  • Chibuli - 2011-05-22 15:42

    Instead of blaming everything under the sun for their loss, the ANC would do well to accept the fact that they are their own worst enemy. They simply lost the election due to their track record. In fact, they would even lose an uncontested election in which they were the only party standing.

  • Chris - 2011-05-22 15:42

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I didn't know that Fransman was a comedian! What the hell does "Die Burger" have anything to do with the fact that they were whipped by the DA here in Cape Town? Is it because it's an "Afrikaans" newspaper? He's just as narrow-minded as his colleague Tony.

  • goyougoodthing - 2011-05-22 15:45

    They lost because the DA delivers and they do not

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-22 16:48

      Oh come on, DA delivers to who. The rich only. We've seen a lot of protests in Cape Town, stop lying.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-22 18:19

      the ppls who voted DA in the WC don't seem to think like that Yellow.

      RobertKay - 2011-05-22 20:29

      @yellow1 again. Get off the ANC, COSATU and especially Tony's hobby horse of accusing the DA delivering to the rich (and you forgot to mention whites as Tony does) only. You obviously do not know the Cape, so either come and look before you make a fool of yourself, or shut it altogether.

      ANC-FTL - 2011-05-30 14:41

      Yellow I’ve been to Durban, Cape Town and JHB in the last year and you can see the difference in infrastructure. Sure Jhb has huge highways etc. but they don’t believe in maintenance same as Durban. In Cape Town roads are maintained curbs are trimmed and rubbish is collected – now correct me if I’m wrong but it’s not only the rich that like to live in cleanliness. Also I pay in-between 7 to 10k tax each month for these services which I expect to be carries out – In a ANC municipality 90% of that money will land up in some ANC MP bank and maybe 10% on so hap hazard attempt to maintain something – is this what you vote for?

  • Yellow1 - 2011-05-22 16:09

    You guys really hate ANC, pity they are still in charge. Read the article before commenting, they guy was honest and even praised DA for fighting a good fight. Unlike DA which blames black people for not winning the elections in other areas, they blames the ANC itself for the loss. Grow up and stop this hatred!

      Sapere Aude - 2011-05-22 16:31

      Perhaps you should also read it again? The vague referance to 'racist' media (nice touch naming an Afrikaans paper as well!) and 'internal issues' shows the ANC's strategy of causing rifts and just kak in general. Because they have no concrete reasons to be pro-ANC, they are anti-Everyone else.

      LagUTroll - 2011-05-22 16:31

      "Unlike DA which blames black people for not winning the elections in other areas" Where did you read this? I'd like to see the DA's official statement blaming black people for it's loss?

      Steve Wonderboy - 2011-05-22 16:45

      I wonder if Yellow One is even reading the same article. Where exactly are they praising the DA for a good fight? Since when is talking facts a bad thing? If Cope had managed to get even 10 percent of the votes in EP, DA could have formed a coalition. Cope's infighting had effectively cost the DA.

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-22 16:57

      @Sapere, if you are honest you will agree with me. The media is anti-ANC. Have you seen any negative thing being written and showed all over the media, no it jsut get thrown out. There was that woman who lied on the TV advert, did that make news, NO it didn't. The verwoerd bust, NO it didn't. The list goes on. Sorry I'm with ANC here. You know why the DA will not rule the country, the media is responsible for it. Most people vote the ANC because they see how its been attacked by DA and the media, they feel a need to protect ANC because they fear that the freedom ANC fought for is being destroyed by the Media and DA, COPE. If the plays it fair and DA stops attacking ANC and rather tell people what they can do better. There are possibilities for them to win, but if they continue saying ANC has done nothing and blah, blah, blah. Everyone can see a differenece in the country. Many people' lives have been changed, poor people in rural areas, actually mountains have electricity and I've been there. Patronising black people like Helen dancing and trying to speak Zulu during campaigning works for a few people. If she was herself she could gain, but most black people see it as patronising and manipulative and that's why they despise DA so much.

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-22 16:59

      @Lagutroll it doesn't take a genius to figure that out. Just read the comments, they all blame the stupid poor mass, the ignorant idiots who voted ANC. Hope I answered your questions simply.

      sparky1 - 2011-05-22 17:31

      Yellow1 , we don't hate the ANC we just despise the fact that in 1994 they where handed a country that the World looked on as the country in Africa with the best infrastructure and a working muncipal system that actually improved infrastructure, Today we see many municipalities bankrupt and roads schools and hospitals in worth conditions than ever before.This affects all South Africans , in twenty years the ANC have not proven themselves capable, maybe we should get someone that is.For all South Africans. I also despise anybody that votes for a party because of colour and not performance , they are just plain stupid.

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-22 17:48

      @Sparky1, you cannot convince me the country is dying. You can't convince me the ANC has destroyed the country and done nothing for it. If I have to mention it will take forever, everywhere ytou go there are constructions, some already finished, there are plans for more infrastructure. What are tou talking about? Tell me that corruption is crippling the country and limitng resources and then I agree with you.

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-22 17:51

      @Steve, I'm reading the same articles. I just wonder why you ytou can't file the sentence that's says "DA had fought a good fight and won the battle." That's the whole problem, the hatred has blinded you.

      LagUTroll - 2011-05-22 18:05

      @Yellow1 I see where you are coming from, just be aware that the comments on news sites do not represent the DA's official stance. These comments come from non-ANC supporters (ifp, nfp, da, cope etc).

      joe - 2011-05-22 18:07

      He was dishonest by trying to blame the press. What a bad loser! What bad style. Its worse than a sportsman blaming the ref!

      sparky1 - 2011-05-22 18:20

      Yellow1, Oh I do so agree with you, but when you buy a box of apples and one is rotten , do you still buy it, maybe if it was the only box there was but if there where others??? To stop the corruption the ANC needs a strong leader to take decisive action, as long as the masses keep on voting for them they will never change, That is what real democracy is about. Government by the people FOR the people.(all the people)

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-22 18:21

      I see it's Return of the Trolls now. What, the rest of your "comrades" got so shocked they went into a collective coma or something, and you have to take over from them?

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-22 19:01

      @Martin, we are having a factual debate which is non-confrontational and you come and mess it up. Nobody is covering for anyone, next time try to read before commenting. We were havinga civilised discussion and you bring in your negative view of things. Its people like you I wish they can stop singing were leaving the country and just leave so we patriots can ensure we keep this beautiful country functioning.

      sparky1 - 2011-05-22 19:35

      Agreed , although I will never vote for the ANC I sometimes see no hope for my fellow white men in my country , it seems they rather see the country burn and crumble than see and admit a black man can do something positive for South Africa, I apologize for them but I am sure there are others that want South Africa to prosper and be a good home to all.

      RobertKay - 2011-05-22 20:32

      It's not a question of hating the ANC or any other party, it's the people running it. Unfortunately the majority voting follow each other like sheep, and duly place their cross where they are TOLD to put it. And by virtue of the majority, the ANC will win. Should teh ANC not pull up their socks, they could be in for more shocks at the next election!

      DW - 2011-05-22 21:51

      Yellow1, I learnt about the Verwoerd bust in the media. The SABC is absolutely and totally pro-ANC. How much more media support do they need? What about the Sowetan? And so many more? Where do you get off saying that the media is anti-ANC? Have you had a look at how anti-DA you are? I would say your view is rather biased, wouldnt you? How patronising and manipulative is Zuma in promising a free passport to heaven and pleasing the ancestors by voting ANC? Your argument is totally biased and therefore cannot stand up to debate or scrutiny.

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-22 21:56

      @Sparky1, I won't vote for DA either. I have my reasosn and its. Not due to their supporters. You don't have to apologise, you are an objective and patritic South African. It doesn who you or I. Vote for, its whether we have the interest of the country at heart. Everybody has a right to vote for whoever they want to, but that doesn't determine their IQ level or mental state. I so wish we had the majority of white people thinking like you and again - wish we had a majority of black people thinking like you. Because with this we would have a no one party country in Sourth Africa and we would prosper.

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-22 22:01

      @RobertKay, its people like you who are destroying and separating our country. What the hell do you call people sheep following sheep just because they don't vote for DA. Grow up man, if you don't like it here, leave and stop calling people sheep. They're human beings like you and maybe better than you.

      ANC-FTL - 2011-05-30 14:58

      Yellow are you honestly saying that the media are making it all up and that you think that ANC can actually govern well without corruption - please give me one example. Maybe you and I have a different opinion on what good governance is – I would never blatantly support a corrupt party like the ANC and please don’t tell me you don’t think they are corrupt.

  • Vlooi - 2011-05-22 16:14

    When you get Songezo Mjongile and Fransman together at a function the one with the most intelligence will still be the lobster.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-22 18:21

      XD good one.

  • Mmoledi - 2011-05-22 16:15

    The ruling party wont win Cape Town if they can not start from scratch to schedule their leadership at Western Cape that is the one killing them, fighting among themselves as such that gave DA an opportunity to canvas against them capitalising on their mistakes. If leadership can not be structured now and start to work and prepare for national elections, then they will never win Cape Town and Western Cape in large, national elections are near so they must start now to clean and restructure their house and prepare for the coming elections, otherwise they will not ever win Western Cape.

      Steve Wonderboy - 2011-05-22 16:51

      The Western Cape was never there for the ANC to win, bottom line. There's only about 3 ways they will ever win this province. Either they bus a lot more people in as they have been doing or they can wait for the DA to make a massive stuff up. Only other way is to actually show that they are serious about wanting to take this country forward and start not only talking the talk but also walking the walk. We in the Western Cape strongly oppose their plans and policies as they stand at the moment and till they can show their worth they can keep on dreaming.

      Huey Freeman - 2011-05-22 16:54

      You are right Mmoledi. The thing is that they are unwilling to compete on a service delivery campaign (which is what we in SA need now) - they still campaign based on 1994, as if they are still poor.

  • guytom - 2011-05-22 16:24

    Like a deer in headlights ..... they are unreal...

  • louis - 2011-05-22 16:47

    How can you expect anything but pro-DA support from an independent media? The DA is so obviously streaks ahead of the ANC. Just by reporting on the news of ANC in-fighting, ANC corruption and ANC ineptitude on the one hand; and DA service delivery, DA efficiency and DA incorruptibility you are being fair and yet pro-DA. What else can the media do? My advice to the ANC: GIve the media something positive to report for a change.

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-22 17:09

      There are many positive things the ANC is doing and the media just don't care. Even if they report it they will have a But at the end. The new RDP houses being built are beautiful, I've seen them and again they're now installing solar geysers. The media doesn't care, they only want the ANC out and that's all. Unfortunatelty its the media which helps the ANC to win because they turn them into victims of the media and the white people.

  • Kameomaua - 2011-05-22 16:59

    @Yellow.1 Yes, I agree with you: We should STOP - and not FAN - hatred. At the moment the emotions are still running wild. And I think, calling the opposition names, whether one particular person or the entire group/party, is NOT adding to a climate of co-operation at all. It entrenches mistrust and hatred. But if we all sat back and thought about it level-headedly, I think we would agree that it is the frustration with several aspects of the government that causes this boiling-over of temperaments. Most of us worry about the fate of the poor, the fact that, according to statistics, the gap between the rich and the poor has grown much larger since 1994, double standards where some are more equal than others,nepotism, corruption, wasting billions on luxuries that benefit only a very few while the rest go hungry and without shelter. It is the deterioration of excellent infrastructure, of the hospitals. And the people who most suffer are, again, the poorest of the poor. The majority of the population did not want to have abortion laws passed - yet they were forced through. The fact that the ANC had to engage in emotional blackmail by telling people that they would not go to heaven / would not have heaven on earth if they did not vote for them, that the ancestors would be angered as well. This has NOTHING to do with good governance. In other words, it is what the ANC stands for and does that is rejected.

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-22 17:14

      I was with you till you started the rubbishing of ANC, ANC is not currupt finish and klaar. Maybe ANC leaders are corrupt, but they're not ANC. There's that DA MP who is accused of rape, unfortunately its not news because its not ANC. My point will I be correct to say DA is a rapist organisation? Can I say DA is anti-police after that candidate who was making noises on Facebook about Metro cops?

  • Kameomaua - 2011-05-22 17:09

    What riles me most, Yellow.1, is that the ANC regularly and exhaustively celebrates and praises its "struggle heroes" and what they have done to secure freedom for the black man in this country. BUT: Where the struggle-heroes put their everything on the line (personal freedom, jobs, possessions, their family life,their very own blood)the present leaders (whether political or economical) are lining their own pockets unashamedly, and the huge plack population, who are supposed to reep the rewards as well, are, in some aspects, worse off than before 1994. Nelson Mandela sat in prison for 28 years to buy freedom - AND prosperity AND equality - for his people. Are his people benefitting from it? No! only a very small minority. I will never understand how this can not embarrass the very VIP's who celebrate him all the time, and why the poor people, who idolise him, are not wondering why his life has not turned theirs around in a meaningful and concrete way.

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-22 17:23

      The leaders might be filling up their pockets and all. The ANC has done much for the poor black people, apart from freedom and the right to vote. They've built houses, water, sanitation, tarred roads, etc. The problem is everytime people will say what has the ANC done for you, for those who are still to receive houses, electricity, etc they will say nothing and will vote for opposition. But for the majority which has received direct benefits like houses, water will say they've done a lot and will vote ANC. Let's stop saying the ANC hasn't done anything, rather look at the quality of what has been done and also compare the resources they had which they should have done more if money wasn't being stolen. Attacking the ANC is the main evil that will destroy our country.

      Hackney - 2011-05-30 15:04

      @Yellow ... I just dont understand how they can claim to deliver, when milions of people still suffer and their leaders are filthy rich. They take to much credit for to little done. I'm sorry that is not democratic leadership, that is plain and simple inhumane dictatorship!

  • sparky1 - 2011-05-22 17:16

    ANC wake up, Helen is not one of those old boere brandy and coke AWB's she is the real new Rainbow nation and does care about the people , something you have forgotten. She is our real future and I hope that Blacks and colourds start to see that colour is only skin deep as well as all those die hard boere. The DA is and will be the only party that looks after all South Africans. VIVA DA!!!!!!!

  • capetonian - 2011-05-22 17:17

    So, who read the Sunday Times today? More of the same shit. It appears Mr. Kunene got mega-rich awful quickly and there may be some underhand dealings exposed! Thay idiot Malema's mate - who we can thank for his contribution the DA campaign by energising voters to make the trip to the polling stations in reaction to his meaningless, inarticulate and insulting drivel!!

  • Kameomaua - 2011-05-22 17:21

    @ Yellow1: That was exactly my point - that it is the leaders who are to blame - not the ANC at large, if one considers that it is made up of masses of people who do their utmost best to lead a half-way decent life with what they have. Secondly, you agree with me about name-calling, but you call ALL the DA 'rapist organisation'. That is a gross generalisation, just as I would be generalising if I said ALL ANC members are corrupt, etc., etc. I have always had great respect for even certain members of the government itself. And, by the way, the DA has been reported in the newspapers as well - at great length. Just thinkl of the toilet saga.

  • Kameomaua - 2011-05-22 17:24

    @ yellow1: How is an ANC leader not an ANC member????

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-22 17:55

      An ANC leader is an ANC member, maybe a typo error. What I mean is ANC leaders and members are not ANC.

      Kevin - 2011-05-22 21:06

      This anc member not is not a member and even if he is a corrupt anc leader heis not a member if he is caught. The anc members who are caught are also not guilty until we have covered up the bad thing. This is why you should be an anc member not. Understand now. If not ask Fatboy who did not have to answer to his company delivering not on jobs paid for by the tax payer. So easy to understand that anc members have no leaders or members who are anc . Simple Pimple man .

  • nem - 2011-05-22 17:50

    I think now is the time to sit down with the anc and draw up an agreement for independence of the Western Cape,it was done in Sudan it surely be done here too.Time to build a fence and have our freedom from crime and racial hatred.Trevor Manual can even be president,lets shut down this place as you gotta know next muncipal elections the anc will win as they just bus in more supporters from the eastern cape,, In 2005 the anc did mention Cape Independence,let them have azania,and all those who want real freedom,should move to the Western Cape so we can live and farm in peace. http://mybroadband.co.za/vb/showthread.php/173002-ANC-Western-Cape-independence!

      sparky1 - 2011-05-22 18:08

      Yes I would vote for that, on one condition , mistakes of the past must not be made again , problem is South Africans are still racist, maybe if you let the colourds control everything it might just work, as they have to be unbiased seeing they are half half.

  • sarelvdwalt - 2011-05-22 19:42

    I'm shocked... they didn't blame Apartheid? :)

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-22 20:05

      Get used to being shocked, they are intelligent people just like you and maybe even more.

      Hackney - 2011-05-30 15:06

      I'm shocked too ... usually a failed operation by ANC is justified by Race Card being dropped.

  • Kevin - 2011-05-22 20:54

    The anc must realize that corruption ,zero service delivery and the wrong useless people in the jobs does not always = votes. Sometimes it equals DA country from Plett to Capetown. If the anc revolutionary movement wants to behave like a political party they need integrity and honesty. That means you investigate all corruption and fraud charges and nail the people and send them all to jail. That way you will make SA a better place. Right now the anc makes SA the laughing stock of the world ,maybe 2nd to Fat boy's cousins in Zim

  • DW - 2011-05-22 21:41

    "Mjongile accused "some local media" of running a "subtle racist campaign" in the province, which had created insecurity among white voters and led to a bigger turnout for the DA." - You have got to be kidding! The whole ANC campaign was racist. Even Zuma made racist statements in his campaign. How about the racist comments stating that their are "too many Coloured in Cape Town"? I would say this drove more Coloured to DA than any other comment, but I guess that doesnt count. Only whites can be racist, after all

  • Statler_and_Waldorf - 2011-05-22 21:55

    If Ehrenreich had 12 months for campaining the ANC would get only 5% of the votes.

  • scotty scotty - 2011-05-22 22:19

    "He also revealed some of the thinking behind the ANC's campaign strategy, saying the party's provincial executive had gone into the 2011 election in the province with a view to "hold on to what we've got". Campaign strategy achieved then, you did not have the WC majority including Cape Town and you still dont. (insert clapping hands). The ANC certainly has got off to a good start to achieving their goal of winning back the WC. ANC mayor wannabe but failed and future Premier wannabe Tony and SACP amongst others gracious in defeat have already resumed the angle by lumping anyone that voted against them as racist. Way to go (insert clapping hands)

  • Enigma - 2011-05-22 22:26

    What a ridiculous headline. The media really are whoremongers.

  • Yankee - 2011-05-22 23:00

    Hey Fransman, instead of your supporters burning shacks down, instruct them to burn Die Burgers' premises down, Alah Faku,

  • TheCaretaker - 2011-05-23 00:33

    I think most white people are joelous that THE BLACK GOVORNMENT, my government is finally getting South Africa somewhere. As a black youth of this wonderful country , I am going to help my black government to be successful in service delivery to improve our living conditions in anyhow I can. This government is mine and I will never abandon it, instead I will work harder for this BLACK GOVERNMENT to be the best it can be. Its unfortunate that as a black person I do not have the luxury of emigrating to overseas like you lot, instead I will stay here at home and help my government to help our people. Lets face it people, a black person faces racial hate everywhere they go on this planet, I hope that South Africa will be a black person friendly country with zero tolerance to racism. I am sick and tired of being racially discriminated against in my own country!

      nem - 2011-05-23 07:14

      Yur the one bringing up race <<<< and now you as a "youth" is continuing the legacy of race,are you going to blame apartheid next too,to protect your corrupt anc regime?? maybe you should go and study engineering so that you can build a bridge and get over it and help your anc too,to get over it.

      thatsawesome - 2011-05-23 08:58

      I'm so confused though , The ANC's actions all lead to racial segregation. You vote for them since they care for their comrades only. however you are a small pea in a pot. Before every rally they must bring up all the racial negative energy to use these emotions in you black people to vote for them. I have alot of intelligent black friends that do not vote ANC, if i ask them why they simply tell me the logic behind every one of their statements/actions is incorrect. I can tell you now that the ANC might be around for a long long time. But it will not be in power for a long long time, not because i'm a ANC basher , but because logically their actions lead to a destructive path favouring their own minority. Anyway you can take a horse to the water. Now the challange is on you to question what you read and what path you walk down. Have some vision for this country.

      whatashame - 2011-05-23 09:35

      I cannot speak on behalf of the white people but judging from the comments written by the more sensible of them, each one doesn't actually care what skin colour determines the leader of the country. Its about keeping promises, uplifting the country, but mostly - being accountable to the voters. Simple. It's not the colour of your hair, your eyes or your skin that determine whether people hate you, its the colour of your heart. You will be drawn to the same people. If you become racist that will be the people you attract. Look into your own heart. When I vote I don't care about the gender, the colour or the past. I care about the future. The racism and entitlement I see in my darker 'children' is very disturbing and hopefully this is just a minority. I hope you realise what our father Madiba taught us about hatred and racial divide. Unfortunately todays leaders are taking us back to a racial past that we hated but are now passing on to our children. I want Madiba's dream for my children but it starts with me and not the rabble rousers that are determined to divide us and keep our children in the past. When I look at some the born frees today I see more racism than I ever experienced. Keep going back to the past and the further you go back the worse it gets. Savagery, greed and power. Now do you want the past or do you want a future for your children. It's history now, learn from it and move on. Only you can uplift yourself. No-one will do it for you.

      sparky1 - 2011-05-23 17:45

      To Caretaker I have just returned from 6 years in NZ and Australia and you know what at least 20% of the South Africans who have immigrated are not white, And no they do not experience racial hatred because of color but sympathy over the state of there country they had to leave because the low standard of the Education and Health system and especially crime that is out of control. White people are not jealous maybe you should go and have a look how service delivery and standards are like in 1st world countries, maybe you will set your standards a bit higher and expect more from your so called black government. Open your eyes South Africa is not getting anywhere we are going backward. Whites are not jealous but worried

  • Thomas - 2011-05-23 07:45

    Did you not know Marius,that Cape Town and the western Cape,was and will never become yet another black homeland.It is the home of the so called Bruin mense and the so called Afrikaner,but historically speaking they are really blood brothers,a fact that some do not want to know of or admit,but dit is die waarheid.The world Coloured when refering to the so called Bruin Mense is demeaning,as there is no such blood as coloured blood,all blood is red,it was a name given to them by the ignorant and racist british historians when reporting back to their media oulets and their government.So no one should be proud of that crap (tag) of being a Coloured.Times have changed and people should too,so in the new South Africa,when asked by some tourist or visitor to our shores,wat is jy? Then the answer should be.I am a South African..Karooseun tells it as it is like it or lump it,as the saying goes....Karooseun

  • Gazwa - 2011-05-23 07:47

    The ANC will begin to change and amend the constitution so that they can start to dictate who lives where, in the name of "peoples rights" of course, so if you want to live in the Western Cape because it is governed properly by "white racists" heaven forbid...then the ANC will supply the transport and a startup package for you, but only if you are "underpriviliged and have a minimum of 5 kids. They have had the country for the last 17 years and once again thier arrogance has shone through like a led torch on crack. As for the lemmings who vote for them, of course they do as they are blind and ignorant and uneducated....and they only line up for a t-shirt..

  • Podgette - 2011-05-23 08:02

    Admits defeat albeit with an excuse! Why not admit rather that DA run Cape is streaks ahead of any other area run by ANC - the REASON (not excuse) is because the DA care about the people they represent!

  • WeCanDoBetter.co.za - 2011-05-23 08:07

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  • Shorts1 - 2011-05-23 08:09

    The ANC just don't get it do they? The reason for their defeat is as a direct result of many years of extremely poor service delivery. The final outcome has shown the will of the people & that is what democracy is all about. The number of actual voters increased significantly, supporting the view that many now see the ANC's dysfunctionality. Where the DA has been running the local government councils, it has increased it's support among voters in those areas. This sound service delivery has been seen by many others in the Western Cape, where, after the 2006 elections, the ANC were the majority party in 22 of the then 28 councils, with the DA ahead in 5. The 2011 results now show that the DA are the majority party holding 23 of the councils with the ANC retaining only 3. These three areas, with a slender ANC majority, remain extremely vulnerable to a highly probable alliance between the DA & Cope, who should turn their backs totally on the ANC given the abuse thrown at them. In many other parts of the country, the gains made by the DA in terms of seats held will most certainly put the ANC under increased & sustained pressure to perform much more effectively & hopefully significantly reduce their abuse of power & blatant wastage of public funds. The tide has turned & if the ANC do not realise this fact & act accordingly to fulfill the expectations of their voters, the 2016 municipal elections will see substantially more support for the DA.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-05-23 12:04

    This Fransman is a fool. The people know that the ANC can offer them nothing better than what they already have. All the ANC can offer is the same degradation as in the municipalities they control. People don't want campaigns. They want a better life.