No chance ANC will lose Gauteng – Gwede Mantashe

2013-07-29 14:51

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe says there is no chance the party will lose control of Gauteng in next year’s elections.

He said the ANC was hard at work in the DA-led Western Cape, and did not foresee a change of governance in Gauteng, Eyewitness News reported today.

Mantashe was speaking at an SA National Editors’ Forum meeting in Joburg this morning.

He said the ruling party was now in full election mode.

“We want to win convincingly, and we want to win everywhere.”

Mantashe said elections were a time for the ANC to showcase its achievements as well as admit to problems. “We can say many things, that it hasn’t started yet, or we are still preparing, but my feeling in earnest is that election campaigns have started.”

Meanwhile, DA Gauteng leader Jack Bloom will run for premier in next year’s elections, the party said today.

He announced his candidacy at Constitution Hill, in Joburg.

“As premier of Gauteng, I will ensure real delivery, and a government that is accountable, effective, and free from corruption,” Bloom said in a statement.

He said he would abolish blue light brigades, scrap e-tolls, and ensure that public money would not be spent on “extravagant cars and corporate credit cards”.

“My vision for Gauteng is that no person is left behind or forgotten.

According to him, opportunities should be created through education and innovation.

“Red tape should be slashed so that small businesses create jobs on a massive scale,” Bloom said.

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