Durban: ANC takes to the streets to celebrate win

2011-05-21 00:00

TOP ANC leaders in KwaZulu-Natal, including Premier Zweli Mkhize and MECs, took to the streets in motorcades around Durban in celebration of ANC victory after taking the majority of municipalities across the province at the 2011 local government elections.

Among the areas which the motorcade travelled through were former IFP-dominated eThekwini hostels in KwaMashu and Unit 17 in uMlazi which were won by the ANC this week.

Before the motorcade, leaders popped champagne corks at a press conference at City Hall, even though the results were not yet officially declared.

By 5 pm last night, which was the deadline for any party to submit objections, none had been received.

Addressing the press conference, ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said the ANC’s victory exceded even their expectations.

“We understand that the huge gains we have made in taking over the leadership of municipalities does not provide us with an opportunity to gloat and bask in the sun of our victory, but demands even more than before — heightened dedication and an increased sense of loyalty to the cause of the emancipation of our people …”

Zikalala reiterated the party’s stance that it will take action against councillors who fail to perform.

Mkhize remarked that for the first time during this elections, the ANC performed well in Nkandla, where ANC and country president Jacob Zuma’s homestead is situated, and where Zuma voted before the ANC captured that ward.

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