Ignore upstarts, ANC tells Mandela Bay

2011-05-05 17:06
Port Elizabeth - The ANC has called on Nelson Mandela Bay residents to ignore "political upstarts" like the DA and the Cope in the May 18 local government election, claiming the ruling party has worked "around the clock" for its people in the metro in the past five years.

"Given our positive service delivery record in this and many other municipalities, we call on the people the Eastern Cape, especially the Nelson Mandela Bay metro to ignore these organisations that have no interest in working with them to create better communities," the party's spokesperson in the Eastern Cape, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, said at a press conference in Port Elizabeth on Thursday.

"The people of Cape Town and the Western Cape, who trusted these Johnny-come lately [sic], regret ever wasting their votes by voting for them."

Qoboshiyane claimed the DA still thought black people in townships and rural villages "deserve open toilets".

"Unfortunately these [people] still think black people in our townships and rural villages deserve to have open toilets, have electricity in shacks and not in decent homes, while communities in Cape Town get brand new bicycle lanes built by the municipality."

Qoboshiyane also took potshots at Cope member Smuts Ngonyama, who when he was an ANC member, once said he had "not joined the struggle to be poor".

"We have also noted he of the 'I did not join the struggle to be poor fame' Smuts Ngonyama of Cope also wants you to trust him with your development.

"We call on our people not to respond to these empty charms as they will not lead to any development."
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