New voice for KZN

2014-05-12 00:00

THE ANC in KwaZulu-Natal put on a brave face at the weekend after its rival, the DA, became the new official opposition after drawing much support from its non-traditional support base.

While the provincial party leaders acknowledged that they had not been interacting much with the Indian and other minority groups, they said they were not discouraged by the election results that favoured the DA.

They, however, accused the new official opposition of having waged a desperate campaign.

The final election results showed that the ANC slightly increased its vote from 62,95% in the 2009 poll to 64,52%.

Its performance was below the 70% target it had set for itself.

The DA increased its 9,15% vote to 12,76% after winning more votes in its non-traditional areas and bagging votes in Phoenix and Chatsworth.

ANC provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said the ruling party had not been interacting in a consistent way with minority groups, hence its support among these groups was not strong.

“The fact that we did not get overwhelming support does not discourage us,” Zikalala said.

He also said the ANC would increase its visibility in the areas where there are minority groups. “We will serve them and show that solutions to their problems rest with the ANC,” Zikalala said.

ANC chairperson Senzo Mchunu said the support for the ruling party had been growing in the past elections.

“In some areas we could not believe the leaps we took,” he said.

Mchunu said the ANC noted the growth of the DA in the province.

“Of course we are not intimidated as long we keep on growing, which is something we are focusing on.

“We are not necessarily in a campaign to do away with any other party. We are there to serve our people and we are satisfied the support is growing,” he said.

However, Mchunu took a swipe at the DA for engaging in “extreme” personal campaigns that undermined President Jacob Zuma.

“It is no longer in keeping with principles of liberalism as we know and understand. They are now getting to practise the politics of desperation,” he said charged.

“In Phoenix they called the ANC scoundrels. These are signs that they are becoming more desperate,” said Mchunu reiterating his statement at the KZN legislature.

“Our task will only be completed in this province when all the of KwaZulu-Natal is liberated. In this regard we need to go back to our communities and mobilise to ensure that even those who did not vote for us cast their votes for the ANC in the forthcoming polls.”

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