ANC eyes wider control

2013-10-03 00:00

THE ANC in KwaZulu-Natal plans to use the 2014 general elections as a dry-run to “annihilate the opposition” in the municipal elections in 2016.

The party said it planned setting up camp in the Nongoma and Ulundi areas — IFP and NFP strongholds — as its launch pad to win supporters in the Zululand District as part of a wider mission to wield control of the province.

This was revealed by the ANC provincial leadership at a press conference ahead of the launch of its provincial election campaign to be held at KwaMashu, Durban, on Sunday.

“The ANC in KZN is working hard to improve the election results, and ensure that the outcome of elections does not only give the ANC victory, but changes the balance of forces in favour of people of KZN led by the ANC,” provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said.

He insisted that the 2014 elections would be a mirror of a political landscape that would change the official opposition in 2016.

“2014 must mark the demise of people who have been in the political landscape without adding any value in changing the lives of people in our province,” he said.

Zikalala said the ANC’s immediate task was now to convincingly win the three upcoming by-elections in Nongoma Municipality.

Starting from next week, the ruling party will camp in Nongoma ahead of the October 23 by-elections that came as a result of defection by three former IFP councillors.

Asked if the ANC in KZN planned getting leaders like former president Thabo Mbeki to campaign in the suburbs, Zikalala said: “If national leadership avails him, we will participate with him in the elections”.

The province has no plans to use leaders who appealed to certain sectors of society in areas such as suburbs.

“It is not a question of who appeals where.”

It was reported at the weekend that the ANC in Gauteng planned to use Mbeki to campaign in suburbs to win over the middle class and President Jacob Zuma to campaign in other areas.

Deputy secretary Nomusa Dube said: “The face of ANC campaign is the president. In the province it is the chairperson. There is one ANC and we have one election campaign.”

Opposition parties said the ANC was within its right to wish, “but its wish won’t be achieved”.

IFP spokesperson Joshua Mazibuko said: “I suppose with their track record they will not get the people of KZN to win overwhelmingly. I doubt if they will unseat the IFP in the upcoming by-elections.”

DA’s provincial leader Sizwe Mchunu said the people of KZN are very worried about the service delivery failures and corruption under the ANC administration.

“We have no doubt that the people will not endorse corruption under the ANC,” he said.

NFP secretary-general Nhlanhla Khubisa said: “We want to achieve decisive victory. We want to be in government in KZN or be the second biggest party.”

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