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Cape Town – African National Congress mayoral candidate Xolani Sotashe is expected to hit the ground running after he was announced as the party’s candidate for the City of Cape Town.
Sotashe will go up against Democratic Alliance incumbent Patricia de Lille.
He told News24 on Monday that he would be meeting with the party's leadership to find out what their expectations of him were.
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Only then would he be able to talk about his campaign plans, he said.
The ANC's Jabu Mfusi said Sotashe had been to church on Sunday to thank God and ask for guidance after the announcement.
On Monday, the leadership was meeting to discuss a way forward, but Sotashe was expected to "hit the ground running with both feet" from Tuesday.
He was due to be introduced to the branches soon, Mfusi said.
The ANC caucus whip grew up in the party and was a member of the ANC Youth League in Lwandle, near Strand.
Sotashe had been the ANC caucus whip since 2011, and is currently the chairperson of the ANC's Dullah Omar region (Cape Town metro).
He has also worked as a councillor for Ward 86 in Nomzamo and Lwandle.
Sotashe has a mammoth task ahead of him. The ANC mayoral candidate has been tasked with selling the party to prospective voters in the midst of internal divisions and scandals.
The party has been plagued by protests since the closing of the candidate list process in the province, which forced the postponement of the provincial manifesto launch earlier this month.
The party is also faced with uncertainty over provincial leader Marius Fransman, who is facing sexual harassment charges.