Cape Town – ANC members are increasingly joining groups within the party and losing sight of the organisation, its spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said on Wednesday.
“People are becoming members of members and are prepared to die for the member, and they are not prepared to die for the organisation,” he said.
He was in Cape Town to introduce ANC candidate Xolani Sotashe to Dullah Omar region members in Strand. ANC Youth League leaders, PEC members, and MPs attended the event.
Kodwa told supporters there was no reason to fight over leadership positions. All members should be for the party, and not individuals. He said candidate lists for the August 3 local government elections were closed and unhappy supporters had to accept this.
Merely because a candidate was number one on a list did not mean they were in line to become a mayor. The ANC could choose the 20th person on the list, if it felt they were a better candidate, he said.
“Your position on the list doesn’t guarantee you a position in government or deployment,” he said.
ANC members in Tshwane began protesting, looting shops, and burning buses on Monday after NEC member and MP Thoko Didiza was named as the metro’s mayoral candidate.
In the Western Cape, members had marched to the party’s provincial offices to express displeasure at the list process.
Ready for battle
Supporters welcomed Sotashe with applause and singing. Introducing him to the crowd, Kodwa said the party had looked for someone trustworthy.
Several clergymen at the event “armed” Sotashe with motivational scripture and prayers.
Kodwa told him not to worry about the Democratic Alliance, the ruling party in the province, as it was led by “fronters”.
“Mmusi Maimane and Patricia de Lille are fronts. The real decision makers are still Helen Zille, with Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip,” he said.
Evidence of this was Cape Town’s anti-poor and pro-rich budget, he claimed.
Sotashe told the crowd he was ready for the battle ahead.
“There are 39 days to go for us to take the City of Cape Town. The ANC is asking us to deliver the City of Cape Town and we must respond. We will be leading from the front,” he said.
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