ANC still 'confident' of victory in Gauteng

2014-03-10 08:57

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The ANC’s provincial executive committee in Gauteng remains confident that the ruling party will win the province with an overwhelming majority, provincial secretary David Makhura said.

“Reports designed to destabilise our campaign will not succeed,” he said in a statement yesterday.

“As can be seen from this weekend’s activities, ANC leaders and volunteers have stepped up direct interaction with communities in all the regions of Gauteng, and our people are continuing to express confidence in the ANC.”

He dismissed a City Press report yesterday suggesting that polling in the province is a “complete fabrication”.

“There was no research presented or discussed at our assembly. To set the record straight, the ANC is confident of victory in Gauteng, our track record speaks for itself, the province is a better place to live and work,” said Makhura.

City Press reported that the ANC’s internal polling showed that the ruling party will win at most 45% of the vote in Gauteng, having won 64.4% of the vote in the 2009 elections.

Makhura diverted attention to opposition parties, saying they are in disarray and lack a proper election strategy.

“They are losing leaders and members to us continuously, and we look forward to welcoming more of their leaders into the ANC in the coming weeks,” he said.

“Further, they continue to misinform the public on everything, including e-tolls and other campaigns like billboards on highways about load shedding. Luckily the public can see through their tricks.”

Makhura said the DA, for example, has no original ideas and was copying the ANC’s election campaign: “They started by stealing our heroes, and our struggle history. They have now resorted to our ideas, our songs, our slogans and our message and manifesto that together we move South Africa forward,” he said.

Meanwhile Senior ANC officials were campaigning in the Northern Cape yesterday.

A delegation including Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane, deputy minister in the presidency Obed Bapela, communications minister Yunus Carrim, basic education minister Angie Motshekga, home affairs minister Naledi Pandor, health minister Aaron Motswaledi, ANC treasurer Zweli Mkhize and sports minister Fikile Mbalula visited Pescodia, Squarehill Park, Ritchie, Galeshewe, Kuruman, Upington, Springbok, Port Nolloth, De Aar, Pampierstad, and Barkley West.

Provincial secretary Zamani Saul said the ANC was warmly received because of the party’s track record for service delivery in the province.

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