ANC still has the vote of the poor, says Vavi

2011-05-20 12:14

The municipal election results showed clearly that townships did not translate into significant ANC losses, said Cosatu secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi.

Visiting the national IEC centre in Pretoria this morning, Vavi said he was very happy about the show of support for the ANC.

“The election has gone well for us. We have defended our base and consolidated our support. We have voter support other parties can only envy.”

Pointing out that the ANC retained towns such as Standerton and Ermelo, plagued by protests before the election, Vavi said protests did not imply that ANC supporters were losing their political faith.

“No, people were just drawing attention to their plight.”

When the people barricaded the streets, analysts translated it into support for the DA. This was wrong, Vavi said.

“Just family squabbles,” Vavi said. “They are saying do this for us, or we will punish you.”

The analysts, Vavi said, were predicting a collapse of ANC support in the cities. Except for Cape Town, he said, “we won them all”.

The ANC victory in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro was the one that pleasured him most, Vavi said.

The DA went into the battle with huge resources, American style, with “four posters against every pole”, tweeted often and had the media on its side.

“But that’s not the way to win the poor or the working class. They wanted tangible, genuine things – water, electricity, infrastructure, jobs and a living wage.”

The ANC worked very hard to retain the metro, Vavi said.

“If we didn’t work, they (the DA) would have forced a hanged result. Jesus, we worked!”

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