Johannesburg - E-tolls and President Jacob Zuma
the reason for the ANC's reduced support in Gauteng in the elections, the ANC
Youth League said on Thursday.
"We... reject faceless sources in the ANC PEC
[provincial executive committee] who continue to claim that our dismal
performance should be attributed to the e-tolls in Gauteng in the main and on
the image of the president in general," ANCYL Tshwane regional task team convener
Stene Maduna said in a speech prepared for delivery.
The governing party garnered 53.59% of votes in the
province (64.04% in 2009) and 49.31% in Tshwane (59.95% in 2009).
The ANCYL described the party's election results in the
province as "dismal" and "mediocre".
"The ANCYL in Tshwane is utterly shocked,
embarrassed and deeply ashamed to be associated with the mediocre results drawn
by the ANC in the City of Tshwane," said Maduna.
He maintained that Zuma and the e-tolls did not
contribute to the reduced support in the area and referred to other issues as
He blamed "factionalism, deep-seated divisions, gate
keeping of membership, defiance of the ANC NEC [national executive committee] and
unconstitutional suspensions of many of our members in the region".
Poor electioneering in Tshwane and Gauteng were also to
If Zuma or the R246m spent on security upgrades to his
private Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal was an issue among voters, the party
would not have won by such a large percentage in the region or the province.
The ANC retained control of that province with 64.52% of
"If people of Nkandla and KwaZulu-Natal vote for the
ANC in their numbers, this has to be construed to mean that they do not view
the buildings on the homestead as a valid election concern."
He said Nkandla was not a concern to Gauteng residents,
as the province had an excellent service delivery record and was improving
delivery of basic services.
The controversial e-toll system was also not the reason
for the reduced support, as most people in the province used public transport
and were exempt from paying e-toll fees, Maduna said.
"As the ANCYL in Tshwane we are convinced that the
real reasons for the dismal performance of the ANC in these elections have more
to do with internal party contradictions than with any of the shallow excuses
thrown around to confuse and mislead."
Gauteng ANC spokesperson Nkenke Kekana declined to