ANC targets Zululand in next year’s elections

2015-01-19 00:00

THE African National Congress in the province has one goal in mind for next year’s local government elections — to win Zululand.

The 103-year-old party yesterday declaredsaid that it was going to win Zululand, which is an Inkatha Freedom Party and National Freedom Party stronghold.

“Zululand is the only region in KZN that is an orphan. It is the only region that is still governed by opposition parties. That’s why we are here,” said ANC provincial chairperson Senzo Mchunu at the provincial leg of the party’s 103 anniversary celebrations in Vryheid yesterday.

More than 18 000 people, clad in green, gold and black ANC colours, turned up at the Cecil Emmet Stadium in the little mining town.

Both provincial and national executive members of the party invaded Vryheid at the weekend.

National executive members including Bheki Cele, Nomvula Mokonyane, Lungi Gcabashe and Nathi Nhleko descended to Zululand to celebrate with the masses.

Celebrations included a contingent of bikers who rode in with scantily clad women, the cutting of the ANC cake and popping of champagne.

Before Mchunu addressed the masses, a moment of silence was observed for the late former KZN MEC Mtholephi Mthimkhulu, who died at the weekend after a long illness.

Mchunu then told the massestold part members to mobilisethemselves at branch levels to ensure victory next year.

“We want the ANC to govern Zululand. In the eleven regions in KZN, Zululand is the only region that is governed by another party.

“Next year we are going to make sure that we retain and protect the regions that we govern and work hard to take over the ones that are in the oppositions’ hands,” said Mchunu

National executive member Nomvula Mokonyana, the and of Minister of Water Affairs and Sanitation of South Africa said: “Zululand is ours. You need to make sure you build the branches so that when the elections come next year, we win.”

Referring to the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), she said: “Don’t worry about those that wear red overalls and Louis Vuitton belts underneath, we must be united this year to ensure victory next year.” said Mokonyane .

Chairperson of the South African Communist Party in the province James Nxumalo said the Freedom Charter had ensured that people ­received electricity, water and had shelter.

“We need to do more for the economy to decrease the gap between the rich and the poor,” said Nxumalo.

He too lambasted the EFF.

“The EFF is an organisation that is one year old and it is run by unruly young people. Red is not even a trendy colour, it is the colours of the blood that was shed for our freedom,” he said.

“An overall is not something that is fashionable. It is the gear worn by hard working miners. The EFF is the one that must pay back the money. Do not be fooled by people who build R6 million houses only to demolish them and build them to build another for R16 million,” said Nxumalo.

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