ANC doesn’t need two-thirds majority – Malusi Gigaba

2014-01-26 06:00

There is no “magic” behind a two-thirds majority for the ANC because the party could meet its election promises with a simple majority, party elections head Malusi Gigaba has said.

In an interview with City Press while doing party work in Soweto, Gigaba refused to divulge what the party’s internal polls say about its elections chances, but City Press has learnt that these show the party’s national support is teetering around the 60% mark.

“Our target is for a decisive majority, whether it is two-thirds or less is immaterial. At the end of the day, the question is what is the magic behind a two-thirds majority. There is actually none. We want a convincing majority in order to carry forward our programmes of transforming our country,” he said.

Gigaba said there was nothing about the Constitution that the ANC had to change to fulfil its manifesto promises.

“The Constitution is a very enabling document,” he said.

Gigaba said ANC leaders sometimes “in their excitement” made speeches that talked about a 70% or a two-thirds majority.

Changing the Constitution “is not our preoccupation”.

It was recently reported that President Jacob Zuma had called for a two-thirds majority in Mpumalanga so that the Constitution could be changed, but Gigaba said he didn’t hear the speech or the context it was made in, and couldn’t comment on this.

Asked whether it was difficult to “sell” Zuma to voters in the light of the extravagant spending on his home in Nkandla, Gigaba said the elections was about the ANC.

“We don’t need to sell Zuma to the people. The ANC is contesting the election not the president, or the deputy president, or the secretary-general,” he said.

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