Finance deputy minister Mcebisi Jonas has addressed a public meeting in Nelson Mandela Bay. (Thulani Gqirana, News24)
Port Elizabeth - The African National Congress is rooted in Nelson Mandela Bay and communities in the metro are still committed to the party, despite its problems, Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said on Wednesday.
He was speaking while conducting a door-to-door campaign in KwaDwesi, Missionvale and other areas of the highly-contested region ahead of the August 3 local government elections.
He addressed a public meeting in KwaDwesi, Xundu village, where he acknowledged that the party had numerous problems, but was owning up to them.
"It would be stupid to say we don’t have challenges, and most of them are of our own creation. But all in all the ANC is very strong here, it is very rooted in this region and communities are very committed to it."
Speaking to journalists after the meeting, he said problems with candidate lists were being overcome.
"Everyone seems to say let's win the elections and deal with the problems after."
These were problems of a growing organisation that was in transition. Part of the change was getting in younger leaders, which brought its own problems.
Jonas, who grew up in Uitenhage, urged residents to always vote for the ANC.
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