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ANC risks losing votes in candidates lists dilemma

2016-06-09 20:17
(Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

Johannesburg – The ANC is at risk of losing voters in Ward 24 in Tshwane, said a group of ANC members who sang and chanted outside Luthuli House during a protest.

The group remained steadfast despite the weather with some of the elderly women carrying lunch boxes saying they would not leave until party leaders addressed them.  

The group was unshaken as they chanted and sang struggle songs for more than five hours.

Meanwhile, inside the building the ANC Women's League continued with the day's agenda.

The league held a press briefing to discuss its election programme and the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Women's March.

Outside, the protesters were demanding that the elected ANC candidate for Ward 24, councillor Amos Mampheko, be removed.

24-hour deadline

In their memorandum of demands to party leaders, the party members said they refused to be led by a man who allegedly had no interest in the community.

The group chanted, "We do not want liars" and held placards which read, “ANC please respect our freedom of choice", "#WeAreAgainstCorruption", and "ANC don’t choose the candidate for us".

The protesters said if their demands were not met within the 24 hours, mass action would soon follow.

Addressing the media, Dlamini said the list process should be respected.

In the past few weeks, ANC members have taken their frustration over candidates elected by the ANC to Luthuli House.

Several acts of violence have also been reported in KwaZulu-Natal allegedly over the ANC's council lists.

Read more on: anc  |  johannesburg  |  politics 2016  |  local elections 2016

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