Alliance denies voters snub ANC

2011-05-26 00:00

THE main alliance partners of the ruling ANC, Cosatu and the SA Communist Party (SACP), in KwaZulu-Natal have dismissed talk that the growth of the Democratic Alliance’s popularity during the 2011 local government election was due to disgruntlement or disillusionment with the ANC.

At a joint press conference in Durban yesterday, the alliance partners instead attributed the growth to the merger between the DA and the Independent Democrats and to the decline of the support base for the small, traditionally black opposition parties including the United Democratic Movement, the PAC, the ACDP, the UCDP, Cope and others.

Their reaction follows widespread media reports that there are indications that many blacks voted for the DA because of disillusionment with the ruling party.

The organisations said in a joint statement, “The so-called growth of the DA represents nothing but the incorporation of the ID into the DA and its devouring of the support base of traditional black opposition parties …

“We believe that the bulk of the DA’s black vote is from smaller opposition parties that have shown serious decline over the past few years.

“So this phenomenon is merely about the consolidation of the opposition against the ANC and has nothing to do with ANC constituencies finding resonance in the massage of the DA or its morals and values.”

Cosatu and the SACP also welcomed the appointment of Home Affairs Minister and ANC NEC member Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to lead a task team that will investigate alleged irregularities on the widely criticised system used by the ANC to nominate its election candidates.

The alliance partners also welcomed their inclusion in the process of choosing ANC mayoral candidates, who are yet to be named in municipalities won by the ANC in the province.

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