ANC fears losing control of ECape metro

2013-04-30 08:50

The ANC in the Eastern Cape fears losing control of the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, in Port Elizabeth, to the Democratic Alliance.

Local government and traditional affairs MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane said election patterns showed that nationally the African National Congress’s support was decreasing, while the Democratic Alliance’s support was increasing, “and this was of concern”, the Dispatch Online reported today.

In the Eastern Cape, the ANC’s support had reportedly decreased from 84.3% in 1994 to 71.3% in 2009, he was reported as saying in a report on the state of Eastern Cape municipalities presented at an ANC meeting in East London.

“More concerning is the Nelson Mandela metro, where the ANC’s support dropped from 51.9%, while the DA increased its support from 19.1% to 40.1%.”

According to the Dispatch Online, the meeting was meant to caution ANC deployees in all 45 municipalities to stop infighting and speed up service delivery, after none of them received a clean audit.

Poor workmanship, lack of technical capacity and skills and poor planning were the order of the day, Qoboshiyane reportedly said.

“What we do in service delivery will have direct impact on how people vote at next year’s elections.”

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