African National Congress supporters line up to attend Labour Day celebrations. (Gianluigi Guercia, AFP)
Cape Town - It is a lie that the Western Cape is the best-run of all nine provinces, ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize told workers at a May Day rally in Cape Town.
"In terms of our own research, we don't think the DA's [Democratic Alliance] boasts that is running the best province have any merit," he said to around 1 000 cheering people at Khayelitsha Stadium.
"In fact, the truth of the matter is that there was no growth until 2013 in the number of jobs in the Western Cape."
These jobs benefited mostly white workers, he claimed.
Mkhize told workers wearing various union shirts that only a vote for the African National Congress would secure their rights and ensure job growth.
It was only the ANC that had a comprehensive plan to fight poverty, drugs, gangsterism and other problems.
Mkhize called the DA's victory of the province in 2009 a mistake.
"It is a government that will create us more and more inequality. It is a government where it is not able to focus on poverty in informal settlements."
He said people had to vote to correct mistakes that had been made by some residents.
"Many inside the DA have seen the DA for what it is... It's more of a PR company but [has] no substance."
He assured that the tripartite alliance was still strong and that the Congress of SA Trade Unions supported the ANC.
"Let it be on record, after all is said and done, that we shook hands and held each other. And that we have moved forward and will make sure South Africa is going forward."
Mkhize was joined on stage by deputy Human Settlements Minister Zou Kota-Fredericks, ANC provincial head Marius Fransman, Cosatu provincial head Tony Ehrenreich, SA Municipal Workers' Union president Sam Malope and officials from the SA Communist Party, the ANC Youth League, and the SA National Civic Organisation.