ANC must shake ‘Cinderella party’ status in Western Cape

2010-12-02 11:11

The ANC needed to pull up its socks in the Western Cape, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said today.

“The ANC can’t continue to be a Cinderella party in the Western Cape,” Mantashe said at the opening of a three-day ANC provincial and local government summit in Johannesburg.

He wanted to know why some ANC members chose to vote for other parties on the local level, saying the ruling party needed to debate the efficiency of its service delivery.

“Why are they not voting local ANC? It’s an inherent risk that can pull us down,” warned Mantashe.

“We are going to drift down into mediocrity,” he added.

Mantashe said the ANC hoped to win more seats next year in local government elections in the Western Cape, the only province not controlled by the ANC but by the opposition Democratic Alliance.

“If we can increase the number of municipalities we are controlling directly, that will give us strength to form coalitions where we have no direct control.”

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