ANC launches election campaign

2015-12-09 06:00
ANC Greater KwaDukuza regional chairperson, Ricardo Mthembu at the launch of ANC Friday an election campaign meant to make the party’s presence felt ahead of next year’s local election. Photo: Makhosandile Zulu

ANC Greater KwaDukuza regional chairperson, Ricardo Mthembu at the launch of ANC Friday an election campaign meant to make the party’s presence felt ahead of next year’s local election. Photo: Makhosandile Zulu

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LED by ANC provincial secretary Super Zuma and Greater KwaDukuza regional chairperson Ricardo Mthembu, the ruling party launched the ANC Friday Campaign in Sadtu Park, KwaDukuza, last Friday.

The campaign, which is driven by ANC volunteers, is meant to intensify the party’s campaign ahead of next year’s local election.

“We are here to launch ANC Friday to demonstrate that we are in gear and are ready to protect our democracy in all the wards in KwaDukuza and the iLembe District as a whole,” said Mthembu.

In accordance with the campaign, party members will don ANC regalia every Friday and paint the streets of all the major towns across the district yellow, said Mthembu.

He cautioned members, saying they should not be confused by some branch members who had protested over the credibility of the election outcome of the recently held provincial conference which saw Sihle Zikalala oust Senzo Mchunu as the provincial chairperson.

“We all attended the conference, the way things were, we are not surprised that they [the dissatisfied members] are confused about what happened.
“But, we should welcome everybody into the ANC,” he said.

Mthembu said it is shocking that some party members from the Greater KwaDukuza region had made attempts to rally members to be part of the protests that oppose the results of the elective conference.

“We wish all those people who waste their money organising transport to these protests would redirect those funds to the ANC’s election campaign,” said Mthembu.

He assured the throng of ANC members gathered at the park that the newly elected provincial leadership will take the organisation to its desired destination.

Urging party members to exercise democracy, Mthembu called on the organisation’s rank and file to desist from fighting over councillorship.

“People will not vote for us [ANC] if we fight among each other. We must understand that each ward will have one councillor whether we like that or not, so we have to accept that,” he said, chanting, “down with fighting, down, forward with unity, forward”.

The provincial secretary Super Zuma echoed Mthembu’s plea that party members should make themselves highly visible every Friday as a way of making the organisation’s presence felt ahead of next year’s local elections.

Egging party members on, Zuma said it is important that they ensure that people continue voting for the ruling party and that those who do not vote for the ANC should be convinced to do so.

“South African citizens’ hopes, whether you are a member of a different party or just an ordinary citizen, rest with the ANC,” said Zuma.

He said no other political party besides the ANC has plans and programmes that can fix the country.

“Whether you are a member or a leader of the DA, or a leader of the IFP, or the leader of the EFF, you know very well that only the ANC can solve the problems that plague South Africa,” he said.

Zuma said he recently had the opportunity to peruse a document that was sent to the organisation’s secretary general which contains all the appeals made by those who were disgruntled by the outcome of the provincial conference.

“When you page through the document and read each appeal, nearly 80 percent of those appeals are all about the eThekwini regional conference which has not convened, in all truth, only 20 percent of the appeals are about the provincial conference,” he said.

He went to say that 20 percent of the appeals address issues which arose before the conference and not during the conference.

In closing, Zuma said some of the individuals leading the marches over the credibility of the conference’s outcome did not attend the conference.

“Clearly, you can see that they are two issues that are of importance here.
“Firstly, people are anxious about the eThekwini regional conference which still has to convene.
“Secondly, people want the community to see them as leaders who are doing something in the interest of the community so that they can be voted as councillors,” he said, chanting, “down with chancers, down, forward with congress, forward.”

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