Port Elizabeth: The next Cape Town?

2011-04-11 07:05

South Africa could be on the verge of experiencing monumental changes in the political landscape.

Opposition parties could form coalitions and take control of Pretoria, Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth city councils if the ANC does not win an outright majority (>50%) in upcoming municipal elections.

The ANC has done this before. We all remember the Western Cape and Cape Town. After the people gave the ANC a mandate to govern the province, the ANC rewarded the people by becoming engaged in internal fighting. The DA and the rest of the opposition went on to control Western Cape. Helen Zille became mayor of Cape Town in a fragile coalition government. Yet this turned out quite well.

The ANC won only 50.1% of the Port Elizabeth vote in the 2009 general election. If the ANC does not get more than 50% of the vote now, Port Elizabeth could be the next Cape Town. If the ANC does not get more than 50% of the vote, the opposition needs to select a mature, hardworking, hands-on, humble person to lead the PE/Nelson Mandela Metropolitan area.

It should be interesting to see what opposition parties say about what they would do to make Port Elizabeth catapult Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban to be one of Africa's and the Southern Hemispheres leading city.

The ANC is seeing internal problems up and down the country.

Even in East London/Buffalo City there are whispers of problems within the ANC.

If the opposition takes control of another major municipality in addition to Cape Town, and runs that that municipality efficiently and professionally, the 2014 general elections could see the ANC swept from power.

Whatever the opposition does, it needs to be united and disciplined. The leadership of COPE has been disgraceful. There is as much infighting in COPE as there is within the ANC. 

This letter is not about being anti-ANC. This letter is about better government. If political parties know they can’t take foregone elections for granted, at least they will begin to deliver better and improved services to the people.

The National Party thought it would govern the Western Cape for decades after the 1994 elections. However bad decisions there, resulted in the eventual demise of the National Party. The Democratic Alliance is only doing a good job in the Western Cape, because it knows very well voters will throw them out of power if they fail to deliver.

Even if the ANC gets between 50% - 55% of the PE vote, I am quite sure that the citizens of PE will be the ultimate winners, because the ANC would make sure that they begin delivering to the people of PE.

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  • Johann - 2011-04-11 07:16

    Your story is truelly exciting news, however your last line is inaccurate. If they get 50 to 55% nothing will change. That is where they are currently, so why any different if they end up there again?

      SimonP - 2011-04-11 11:10

      Poloyatonki, nobody has to be undercover to make the ANC look bad. The ANC do a fine job of it themselves, and you are a prime example with your continuous posting of blatant lies.

      Poloyatonki - 2011-04-11 11:20

      Simon.. ANC built houses, schools, clinics, police stations etc all these across the country how can this be a lie. I know its not enough but 17 years is not enough at all.

      HellRaiser - 2011-04-11 12:18

      Poloyatonki - your response shows just how little you understand about democratic governments. This is not anti-ANC in any way. It is pro efficient governence which will only be achieved if there is competition for power. Currently the ANC does not have to do anything to remain in power. The voters don't seem to mind if nothing is delivered. They will still vote for the same party. This leads to inefficiencies and corruption - which is plain to see by anyone when looking at SA. However if there was competition for power - br it the DA or Cope or IFP or whomever.. - then the competing parties will have to overperform to remain in control and get the vote. As can be seen in Cape Town which is accepted as the most efficeintly run municipality. It is common sense. Stop trolling and consider using your clearly abundant free time more constructivly.

      nix - 2011-04-11 13:58

      Poloyatonki, yes, they built some houses etc..... to the expense of what. Have you seen how everything else is failing. Gees, in many of the municipalities their whole system has failed. Residents in Witbank sat without water for a whole week two weeks ago because the corrupt municipality hasn't been doing their job and all the pumps etc have failed. You can't even try to drink water there! so is the case with many others. It's very commendable to build houses etc, (of which many houses have to be rebuilt), but what about all the other things that you are supposed to be looking after?

      Gray_Truth - 2011-04-11 20:40

      @ Polywhatever. If the ANC just had decent governance, much more people would have had all these rights ur talking about, its not a victory to take 50% of the gold for yourself and use the other 50% to give to the pour.

  • Neo - 2011-04-11 07:17

    Make DA circle bigger!!!

      Gallows - 2011-04-11 09:49

      Quiet Tsepho. You're making a noise.

      Big Mouth - 2011-04-11 09:54

      Manipulating geographical boundaries in order to swing the elections is illegal in terms of internationally binding conventions.

  • Neo - 2011-04-11 07:17

    Make DA circle bigger!!!

      ands - 2011-04-11 11:30

      Keep it to one circle :)

  • MeltdowN - 2011-04-11 07:24

    we can only hope the DA takes control of P.E. imagine having less potholes and working street lamps, now that would be cool!!!

  • IandI - 2011-04-11 07:29

    Eish, the ANC major should buy a new 4X4 SUV, then spend a coupla million renovating his office and installing a private lift in the building. That would be money well spent and it would ensure the opposition win the upcoming election. Throw in an overseas trip as well to go do some fact finding in China/Cuba on how to fool some people all of the time.

  • AmperGatvol - 2011-04-11 08:01

    The winds of change are blowing yet again...haha! Exciting times!

  • Jacques Jones - 2011-04-11 08:18

    I can finally see a country with hope

  • AJ - 2011-04-11 08:42

    It would make a pleasant change from what usually happens; i.e. Those who pay little entrust the ANC to waste the taxes of those who pay a lot, with no conditions attached...

  • coonpsycho - 2011-04-11 08:42

    just vote DA and have a better live, feel proud, and P.A.L. at ANC.

  • Badballie - 2011-04-11 08:45

    I'm not anti- ANC either, the truth internationally unfortunately is that no revolutionary army has ever not will one ever be able to take over and run a clean and trusted government. This is especially true of so called African Democracy, which is just another name for Black Dictatorship.

  • Zizo Snr - 2011-04-11 08:51

    While the DA is gunning for PE, we are taking back Cape town. watch the space. The african dream has been shattered for the majority in Cape Town and they want revenge... I am confident that WC will be in our hands again in june. What is happening in plettenberg bay will escalate to all areas.

      Blackdude - 2011-04-11 09:05

      How could the 'african dream' (which for you means a corrupt ANC goverment) have been shattered for the majority in Cape Town when the majority in Cape Town didn't vote for the ANC? Eish, what a dimwit!

      Keith - 2011-04-11 09:29

      Dream on ...

      Dougalan - 2011-04-11 09:30

      Zizo, please explain why the voters of Cape Town would want to put the ANC back in power when they originally failed so dismally, as they have all over the country? It's been proven that so-called 'struggle cadres' haven't a clue how to govern, only to live like kings, rip off public money and steal from the poor. People are waking up all over the country that the ANC is useless at governing - everything has gone backwards from 1994. And this is not about colour, but aboutthe corrupt politiciauns currently in power.

      Kevin King - 2011-04-11 09:55

      @ Zizo: Do you say YES to corruption? A simple yes or no will do thanks.

      Zizo Snr - 2011-04-11 10:24

      @ Kevin King : You are misinformed by the press. I have faith in ANC as compared to DA. I can live with corruption in general than double standards and racism..... we were oppressed for 350yrs and look how black are catching up, very slowly.

      SimonP - 2011-04-11 10:35

      "I can live with corruption in general" well that just about sums up the average ANC supporter. How can any sane person knowingly vote for corruption, I forgot that person would have a big fat race card in thier pocket.

      DeonL - 2011-04-11 10:36

      Even Gugulethu voted DA some time ago. Too much inviting between ANC factions will cost the ANC again.

      harry1 - 2011-04-11 10:39

      Voted ANC previously, but have serious doubts whether I'll do the same this time around. Can't be bitten by the same dog 4 times...3 is enough!

      DeonL - 2011-04-11 10:39

      Even Gugulethu voted DA some time ago. Too much inviting between ANC factions will cost the ANC again.

      Kevin King - 2011-04-11 10:44

      @ Zizo: So maybe I shouldn't believe everything News24 ot Times writes cause they are biased. Then I also shouldn't believe the New Age or the SABC cause they report the same stories. Then I shouldn't believe the courts and judges cause they sometimes arrest and convict these guys. Then I shouldn't believe the ANC either cause sometimes they find these guys guilty eg Travelgate and occasionallt suspend them, depending on how far up the tree they are.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-04-11 10:51

      hahahaha Ahhh, it does one good to wake up and have a good laugh.

      Kevin King - 2011-04-11 10:59

      @ Martins: Well the government is a circus and they got a lot of clowns following them.

      Francois - 2011-04-11 11:13

      The ANC has less chance of taking Cape Town and the Western Cape than they have of flying to the moon - actually now I think about it - that is a good idea - NASA - any room on the next shuttle?

      Poloyatonki - 2011-04-11 11:35

      erno.v.dyk... do you get your facts from DA library?

      michaelx - 2011-04-11 12:04

      WTF...?Put that thing you smokin out NOW!!!!!

      Janneman - 2011-04-11 20:27

      From Zizo Snr comments "I can live with corruption in general" it is clear that he is a participating member in this corruption and does not want to give up his privileged position!!!!!

  • mm - 2011-04-11 09:01

    And that is the whole point. Even if the ANC does still win, but only by a very small margin, it will hopefully scare them enough to force them to be accountable to the people and deliver, because if they don't they are booted out. It is because the ANC won so far every time that they ha become arrogant and believe themselves untouchable. And that is why they believe they will "rule until Jesus comes". If voters just show them who really is in control, the balance would be great. No party, DA, ANC or anybody should win by a big margin. They must earn votes, not take them for granted

      Almaki - 2011-04-11 11:37

      Unfortunately I doubt that a "small" margin of victory will be enough to shock the ANC into action. It will only serve to bolster their collective ego.

  • jason - 2011-04-11 09:18

    You left out Pietermaritzburg as the DA is in with a good chance there as well

  • Bez Malone - 2011-04-11 09:23

    And alas we in Jozi have to wait for the bubble to burst here...

      Uwe Klopfer - 2011-04-11 11:06

      but there is no crisis in JHB .... right ? right ? RIGHT ? yeah right !

      otiose - 2011-04-11 11:11

      Hopefully the ANC will be shocked into action when they lose more and more metropoles.

  • lubegz - 2011-04-11 09:30

    What is even more exciting is that it looks like the ANC are going to have to start campaigning on something other than race. LOL!

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-04-11 10:52

      I think they forgot how to do this.

  • george - 2011-04-11 09:33

    Unfortunately the threat of losing the majority does not necessarily lead to better delivery. Competence, ability, interest to perform / do one's job, be accountable are factors not too evident in the ruling ranks. They just don't know how, and are not prepared to listen or place people of ability in positions of authority. and then there's the little matter of honesty. Where does one now locate competent people who are also honest and non-corruptible in the current environment of corruption, nepotism, favouritism, etc, where all these are so pervasive. So, effectively, even to save their political bacon, they are unable to do it, I feel.

  • radiobeheer - 2011-04-11 09:33

    It is good te see a glimmer of hope for the people of Port Elizabeth

  • saliem - 2011-04-11 10:10

    I see it this way. A majority vote for any party that has failed to deliver is a tacit stamp of approval for them to continue doing what they have been doing. Next thing is, if anybody wrestles "power" away from the ANC, will the will of the people be respected and will they be allowed to do the job? Interesting times. Oh and psssst Tshepo :P

  • Born To Fish - 2011-04-11 10:20

    I am sorry to burst the bubble, but sheep always follow one another. Even if it is to the abattoir...

  • markdhaupt1 - 2011-04-11 10:47

    This could indeed be the beginning of a new chapter in SA's history. For too long now have the taxpayers of SA watched helplessly as the ANC plundered and looted and the times they are now a-changing as voters, especially in the urban areas, start realising that they have the power to change this. The country deserves clean and honest governance where elected officials do their job to the best of their abilities and resist the opportunity to instead spend wantonly and foolishly on lavish lifestyles, luxury goods and foreign travel. The money they have wasted and, in so many cases, hoarded was our money rendered to the government in the form of taxes to benefit all SAfricans and at the end of the day it'll be our decision who spends it and on what. The people will speak and it would do the ANC well if they finally took notice of that fact.

  • cdnmoose - 2011-04-11 11:00

    The electoral landscape should change to better reflect local desires. Instead of party lists, maybe constituancy representtation would be better. That way local people are involved in selecting their candidates be it ANC, DA, IFP etc. Accountability is the key and as long as re-deployment can occur, there will always be corruption. Rather let the elected official face the music in their local constituancy riding among the people that elected him or her. Do a good job and keep getting elected. Do poorly and look for other work. Time to reflect the will of the people, not the party - then representative democracy will be truly about public service not filling one's pockets.

  • Nwanda - 2011-04-11 11:46

    @ Poloyatonki - Are you sure that Mr Mandela votes ANC? LOL If the electorate take time to think through their options, the ANC will be thrown out of just about every city - but will the the electorate think?

  • onetickie - 2011-04-11 12:47

    If the Eastern Cape is to survive we NEED the DA to win the election. Its not a case of WANT, its now become a very, serious issue of NEED. If the ANC keeps its grip on the EC then basically the province is economically & socially doomed.

  • Alibaba - 2011-04-11 14:25

    ANC will/can never deliver better government mate. What you've seen up to now is as good as you can expect from them, so make up your mind whether you are happy with it and go cast your vote.

      Leeutjie - 2011-04-11 20:10

      I can't agree fully. Can you imagine we get another leader in the anc that has the will and discipline to serve the people. A man that really cares for the people, a man that is happy to have an average Presidents salary, a man with only one wife and 3 kids, a man that does not appoint his buddy’s, a man that supports competence, no matter what the skin color. Imagine.

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-04-11 20:53

      Leeu, while that is infact possible, it's highly unlikely.

  • El Cid - 2011-04-11 14:32

    Aaahhh, the winds of change are blowing. Today the Eastern Cape and Pretoria. Tomorrow the country!!! Down anc down. Viva DA viva!!! We already have Cape Town. Next is Jozi, PE, Durban, and then the national elections. anc's days are numbered. They did us a huge favour by being useless.

  • Alan Plumb - 2011-04-11 17:14

    Look at what has happened recently, Bayworld - Closed. Macarthur Pools - Closed. Apple Express - Closed. Without tourism, PE will die. Lets all hope for a change.

  • onetickie - 2011-04-11 17:41

    If the Eastern Cape is to survive we NEED the DA to win the election. Its not a case of WANT, its now become a very, serious issue of NEED. If the ANC keeps its grip on the EC then basically the province is economically & socially doomed.

  • n1981 - 2011-04-11 20:53

    Since the ANC took over PE has lost : Apple Express, Dolphin Show, Happy Vally, 2 x Blue Flag beaches have lost their status, cafe Recife beaches to dangerous due to crime, Aquarium is closing down.Roads are shoddy, electricity is dodgy. These are all small things but are part of the big picture. PE could be a prime tourist destination. Tourists = hard cash. Eish I kant believe.

  • G.du Plessis - 2011-04-11 22:39

    I don't think PE is the next Cape Town in any way other than politically!!

  • Yasr - 2011-04-12 12:59

    I cant wait for change.

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