ANC worried voters will confuse SACP red T-shirts with EFF

2014-05-07 14:04

The SA Communist Party’s (SACP’s) Numbi branch secretary, Vusi Sibiya, says party members will continue to wear their red T-shirts for as long as the ANC members wear a red beret.

This follows concerns by the local ANC branch, also in Numbi, near Hazyview, Mpumalanga, that voters will confuse the SACP’s red T-shirts with the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) when they vote today.

“We heard an argument by the ANC that we must take off our SACP T-shirts because voters will not recognise the ANC. They will think we are Economic Freedom Fighters,” said Sibiya.

He said if voters could distinguish the ANC’s red beret from the EFF’s red beret, then they shouldn’t have difficulty with the T-shirts.

“Earlier in the morning, grannies were asking us where they can get our T-shirt because they love it. That shows that they know us,” he said.

The ANC’s Numbi branch secretary, Mduduzi Ngomane, said it was just a suggestion that SACP members not wear their red T-shirts. He said the matter had since been resolved.

“The situation has been solved. We didn’t have a problem, we just wanted to be recognised by voters,” said Ngomane.

The SACP is a member of the Tripartite Alliance, which includes the ANC and trade federation Cosatu. Cosatu and SACP members are usually expected to vote for the ANC.

Coordinator of the EFF’s Numbi branch, Oliver Vilane, says it’s not surprising that the elderly support the ANC.

“In terms of the gogos [grannies, the ANC] will win, but we will get the youth votes,” he said.

He said that the ANC was fetching voters from their homes.

“It is obvious that they will vote ANC,” said Vilane.

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