Cape Town ‘within reach’ – ANC

2011-05-12 12:58

The ANC is confident that the Cape Town metro is winnable in the upcoming local government election, its head of elections Ngoako Ramathlodi has said.

“We are very comfortable with all the metros. We think Cape Town is within reach,” he told journalists at the ANC’s Luthuli House headquarters today.

“We are going to storm the Bastille . . . We are comfortable with an overall victory across the country,” he said. This included the Nelson Mandela Bay metro in the Eastern Cape, on which the DA has also set its sights.

The ANC’s head of organising and campaigns, Fikile Mbalula, who is also minister of sport, said the opposition’s hopes in that metro rode on independent candidates. But he said most independents had returned to the ANC fold and were campaigning for the party.

Many ANC members opted to go it alone and run independently when they were left off the party’s candidate lists.

There was widespread discontent over the list process in the province, with the ANC having to defend itself from court action brought by its own members.

Mbalula said the ANC would continue campaigning till the “last hour” to ensure its victory. 

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