ANC campaign hits KZN

2011-05-04 07:59

President Jacob Zuma has kicked off the final phase of the ANC’s election campaign with a day-long blitz in KwaZulu-Natal.

Late yesterday, Zuma addressed thousands of ANC supporters at Ndaleni in Richmond, the site of fierce political violence between the ANC and the breakaway UDM in the mid-1990s, as part of a drive to consolidate the ANC voting pool ahead of the May 18 vote.

Zuma is using the campaigning to attempt to stop ANC voters from backing independents who broke away from the ruling party over disputes around the party list process.

In Richmond, popular candidates were bypassed in favour of more bankable names, including that of former mayor Andrew Ragavaloo.

Zuma appealed to residents to cast their vote even if they were disillusioned, while provincial ANC chairperson Zweli Mkhize said that the internal disputes should be kept in-house and members should “go out and vote to defend the ANC”.

Zuma had earlier campaigned in KwaMashu, focusing again on the list issues and hearing local concerns around councillor performance and the housing backlog, before moving on to Sweetwaters, a former IFP stronghold near Pietermartizburg.

In KwaMashu, he went door to door with Mkhize and other local and provincial leaders before addressing a rally at the KwaMashu men’s hostel stadium, which is an IFP stronghold now being contested by the ANC, IFP and NFP.

Zuma will campaign in Northern Cape at the weekend before moving on to Eastern Cape, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North West in the run-up to election day, on which he will vote at his home village of Nkandla.

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