Johannesburg - Two DA councillors in Gauteng have
defected to the ANC, the ruling party announced on Thursday.
"The two councillors joined the ANC voluntarily
after a long soul-searching on the most viable political organisation in the
country," provincial secretary David Makhura told reporters in
Toni Molefe and Sipho Masigo arrived at the press
conference dressed in bright yellow ANC regalia. Molefe wore an ANC T-shirt
with a black beret and Masigo an ANC volunteer bib over a white shirt.
The two served as DA proportional representation
councillors in the City of Johannesburg. Molefe was DA deputy chief whip and
Masigo the party's deputy chairman in Gauteng.
Molefe said he was not expecting any perks from the ANC.
"We were willing to join. The DA must be worried of
the Makhura train. It was in Tshwane. It went to Ekurhuleni and now is in
Joburg," Molefe said.
He was referring to two DA councillors in Tshwane and
another two from Ekurhuleni who had already joined the ANC this month.
The two said blacks in the DA were not given room to
"Darkies are always deputising... Sipho is the
deputy chair. I am the deputy chief whip. Why are darkies always deputies in
Masigo said joining the ANC was like coming home.
"I was born in an ANC family. It had been difficult
at home to explain why I joined the DA."
Makhura said the two would undergo a six-month induction.
"They will join the branches in their respective
wards and participate to pursue the struggle with the same dedication,"
He denied the ANC was poaching DA members. Makhura said
the two, from Soweto, would be part of their election campaign in the area at
He said Molefe and Masigo occupied key positions in wards
and played a central role in the Johannesburg DA caucus.
"Their resignation from the DA is further triggered
by continuous authoritarianism of the leadership in that organisation, and deep
divisions in the DA party."
Welcoming them, ANC Johannesburg region chair Parks Tau
said they would add value to the ANC.
"The time of negative messaging is gone. We are
responsible to build this country," he said.
He said he knew the two from the council chamber where
they contributed in council debates.