DA floor-crossers start campaign for ANC

2014-03-02 06:00

Former DA councillors who have crossed the floor in Gauteng have set up a campaign to try and lure even more of their former party colleagues to leave the opposition for the governing ANC.

The ANC is targeting 20 councillors and have so far bagged seven.

They want to announce the crossing of three more councillors on DA leader Helen Zille’s birthday on March 9, former DA councillor in Tshwane Sam Moimane said.

He is spokesperson for the Coming Back Home Campaign, referred to informally by the members as the “Makhura train”.

David Makhura is the ANC’s Gauteng secretary.

Moimane crossed to the ANC on February 6.

This week, Toni Molefe, who was the DA’s deputy chief whip in the City of Johannesburg, crossed along with the DA’s deputy chairperson in Gauteng, Sipho Masigo.

Moimane said the crossers were unhappy “with the treatment that we have been receiving from the DA”.

He said they were vocal and complained, but the party leaders didn’t act on it.

Zille’s attempt to “parachute” Agang leader Mamphela Ramphele into the top position as presidential candidate was the last straw for many crossers, Moimane said.

He crossed shortly after the relationship between the DA and Ramphele went sour.

“I have been a member of the DA from 2000. I joined the DA when it wasn’t fashionable, when it was taboo as black person to be DA,” he said.

But he said too many of the new (black) leaders being brought into the party weren’t “fit for purpose” and he implied they were only there because of their race.

Asked what he would do for an income following his resignation, he said he would find a job and could even drive Gauteng MEC Lebogang Maile’s car.

He said they were now “volunteers of the ANC”.

The crossers first approached ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and had two meetings with him, Moimane said. They also met with Makhura and his fellow leaders.

A source in the DA said the crossers were offered jobs in the offices of political office bearers, which could see them unemployed soon.

“The danger and risk is that each of these positions are subject to the term of an office bearer and you serve at the discretion of the office-bearer,” he said.

But DA Gauteng leader John Moodey thanked the ANC for taking the two off the DA’s hands.

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