Zuma welcomes DA, ID and UDM defectors

2011-05-02 07:59

President Jacob Zuma welcomed United Democratic Movement (UDM), Democratic Alliance (DA) and Independent Democrat (ID) defectors to the African National Congress yesterday, the ANC said.

“The defections happened during a church service at the Cape Goodhope Centre hosted by the Twelve Apostolic Church of Christ ...,” said spokesman Jackson Mthembu in a statement.

The UDM defectors were led by deputy national organiser, Dumisani Ximbi.

The members from the UDM joining the ANC included: Mandla Mbenge, Western Cape deputy chairperson; M. Sogoni, former councillor and secretary general in the West Coast region; Vusumuzi Hlathi, regional deputy chairperson.

Also joining the ANC were Mziwoxolo Skundla, regional secretary; Nosiphelele Ngombane, a regional additional member; Siphiwo Salman, district organiser in the Western Cape; Mandisa Mananga, district chairperson and Lazarus Lunguza, senior member; B. Patosi, senior member; Ace Qubelo, national chairperson of the UDM Youth; Mteteleli Vellem, Western Cape chair of UDM; Lulamile Liwani, the provincial treasurer of the UDM youth movement also defected to the ANC.

ID and DA defectors were led by Councillor Dunn, chair of the portfolio committee in the council.

Other defectors included Piet Gous, chair of parliament’s standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) in the Cape Town metro, Aubrey Robinson, chair of the sub-committee on welfare and Councillor Neville Jack.

“The ANC has made a concerted effort to expose the DA in entrenching the erstwhile system of apartheid in the Cape Province that resulted in two worlds, one white and affluent and the other is that of Africans and coloured communities who are living in squalor and deprivation,” said Mthembu.

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