ANC never planned on vote of no confidence - Beza Ntshona

2017-02-08 06:01
Beza Ntshona.  PHoto: Werner Hills

Beza Ntshona. PHoto: Werner Hills

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THE ANC in Nelson Mandela Bay has accepted its position as the official opposition in the metro municipality since the August 3 Local Government.

This was said by Elections, Regional Task Team (RTT) Coordinator, Beza Ntshona, who was setting the record straight, following recent reports that the ANC was lobbying with other opposition parties to unseat the ruling DA-led Coalition through a vote of no confidence.

Ntshona said they had soberly agreed that the ANC lost the elections and therefore needed to go back to the basics.

“We have to accept the mistakes we have made, correct them and move forward,” he said adding that that meant going back to the residents of the electorate and engage with, listen to and take sound advice from them.

The ANC leadership, Ntshona said, has a responsibility to redeem the image and integrity of the ANC inside and outside of government.

“We also have to make sure that our focus is not only on our traditional base but also in the Northern Areas who feel somewhat neglected and in need of an organisation that could help change their lives,” said Ntshona.

He added that the ANC should not abstain from the responsibility of taking the electorate to freedom.

“Unlike the ANC in the Western Cape, we should learn from our mistakes and go back to the basics, strengthen our position as the official opposition, go back to the ANC policies like the Assistance To The Poor Programme, Ward Committees and Masithethisane Programme, to mention only a few,” said Ntshona.

Ntshona said that as the opposition, they would continue to consult with the community at large, as well as consult with other opposition parties on issues of mutual interest.

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