ANC ‘confident’ of increasing majority

2013-08-26 14:35

The ANC is confident it will increase its majority at next year’s elections.

“We are not in a position to tell you that we are going to have a decreased majority – I think that’s the wish of the opposition and they are welcome to wish,” ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte told reporters in Joburg today.

“We are going to work for an increase in majority. We are very confident that we will win this election decisively.”

She said this was not based on polls but rather on the “ground work” the ANC was doing.

Duarte said the ANC was working hard to win back the Cape Town metro from the DA.

She said the party was working primarily with black communities in Western Cape.

“There is suspicion of the DA but there is also unhappiness with the ANC,” Duarte said.

“People say we shouldn’t have given over the Western Cape. We should have worked harder to retain it and as a result they are suffering.

“We need to do much more work in the Western Cape. We also hope it would be possible for more national government programs to be done in the Western Cape.”

Duarte said the ANC would conduct door-to-door campaigns aimed at nine million people who were not registered as voters.

She said a significant number of people said they were satisfied with basic service delivery. However, the middle class wanted to know about the “next step”.

“The priority for the ANC right now is rural infrastructure. For many middle class people that means that there will not be that much infrastructure development in and around cities,” Duarte said.

“I don’t want to blame apartheid for anything but there is a massive backlog of service delivery, especially in rural areas.”

She said the ANC was not concerned that the last election, where its majority seemed to decrease, was a “trendsetting” election.

She said the ANC was looking at the election as though it was the first one in 1994.

Duarte said the ANC, during a visit to Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema’s hometown of Seshego, Limpopo, expected some support for the new party. However it did not have any “traction”.

She said the new party formed by Mamphela Ramphele, Agang SA, was favoured by the media because it was expressing “right wing perspectives”.

ANC election coordinator Amos Masondo said it was unlikely that political parties would speak about their election manifestos this year.

“Political parties tend to steal ideas, so the ANC is not about to make its ideas known at this stage.”

Masondo said the ANC was going into the elections as a powerful brand.

“There are few organisations that have a credible and strong image as the ANC.”

He said the ANC had been “worried” for some time.

“This is distorted by others to mean the ANC is getting weaker and weaker and some other political party is about to emerge dominant, and so on,” Masondo said.

“The issue that worries us is that we have not been able to ensure that the number of people who vote are the expected number of people to show at the polls. Voter turnout is not what it is supposed to be.”

He said the election team had been visiting provinces, and was expected to conclude the visits by the end of November.

“The purpose of the visits ... is to assess the state of readiness of our organisation,” Masondo said.

“We also emphasise on ID (documents) and voter registration.”

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