#ANCpolicy: State of play in the provinces – Western Cape

2012-06-26 07:49

The Western Cape is seen as a firm anti-Zuma province, although the provincial ANC chairperson, Marius Fransman, is seen as a Zuma supporter.

As a member of Zuma’s executive, Fransman is, however, fighting in his boss’s corner.

The ANC in the Western Cape is the only provincial arm of the party that is not in government, making campaigning and mobilising difficult as there are few carrots – jobs, money, KFC – to lure supporters.

Leaders insist the ANC will win the province during the next elections, but observers see it as a pipe dream kept alive for electoral reasons.

Provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile is close to Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, who is campaigning to become secretary-general of the ANC at Mangaung.

Despite being a small province, the Western Cape may serve as a kingmaker if Mangaung is deadlocked on who should be ANC president for the next five years.

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