Ehrenreich would take CT council seat

2011-05-13 13:37

Cape Town - Tony Ehrenreich, the ANC's mayoral candidate for Cape Town, said on Friday he would take a seat on the city council whether he wins or loses the race for mayor next Wednesday.

"I'm standing for a position on the council, so I must serve on the council. It would be improper for me stand for a position and just because I'm not the mayor I don't go and take that up," he told a breakfast meeting at the Cape Town Press Club.

"A number of people have expressed confidence in me, so I must honour the obligation, and act in a politically ethical way."

Despite daunting odds, the Cosatu secretary general for the Western Cape said he was "not even contemplating losing".

Will to concede mayoral position

He said the latest surveys had shown it was unlikely any party would get 50% of the vote, and he hoped there would be genuine co-operation between the ANC and DA.

"The antagonistic discourse that we have seen in the past is something that I want to do away with... Nobody has a monopoly on the wisdom needed to take our city forward."

He suggested that if he won, he could concede the position of mayor to find a politically viable coalition that would serve the city.

"The position of mayor is not a non-negotiable. So I'm not concerned whether I am the mayor or not.

"What I am concerned about, is about being part of the governing establishment in Cape Town that focuses on all of the people of Cape Town, especially the poor, done in partnership with wealthier communities."

Ehrenreich, who memorably said last month he would not be the mayor for "rich buggers", joked that he probably made few friends in the leafy suburbs, but in fact wanted to enlist the help of the wealthy, not alienate them.

Partnership with upper class

He said his remarks were misunderstood as an attempt to turn all of Cape Town into a working class community.

"There's been an attempt to separate what I have been saying from the middle classes and the upper classes.

"There is no doubt that my orientation and my bias is towards the working class. I think that that is where the greatest social injury is that exists in our society, and believe in the name of fairness that that is what we must most urgently respond to.

"But the way we do that can only be through a partnership (that) includes the wealthier communities. The route of division is unsustainable."

Asked about his future within Cosatu, Ehrenreich said if he were an ordinary councillor it was likely he would serve out his term as secretary, which expires in the middle of next year, but he would leave the trade union federation to decide.

  • saabnut - 2011-05-13 13:43

    I reckon the DA should give him a seat, just to show there are no hard feelings, once they have decimated the ANC in Cape Town.

      Cornelis - 2011-05-13 13:50

      Yes, I agree, but please save us from this commi to be CT's mayor.

      michaelx - 2011-05-13 13:51


      Johan - 2011-05-13 13:55

      I agree, there are so many open toilets he can choose any seat he wants. Viva DA, give the man a seat!

      Loud n Clear - 2011-05-13 14:18

      Give him a seat? Have you completely lost your marbles? Give them nothing - part of the problem is they GET too much and work for nothing.

      Vela Stardust - 2011-05-13 14:25

      Yes, give Tony Ehrenreich a seat. An open toilet seat.

      saabnut - 2011-05-13 14:26

      Ok, ok- it was only a joke. Now may I have some thunbs up's???

      Together - 2011-05-13 15:38

      "rich buggers" - and that probably means anyone who isn't part of the tri-partite alliance. Not really earning trust and co-operation, but good to let people know that you despise them up front.

      Enough! - 2011-05-13 15:50

      no! the anc has failed us all and not even Tony will get me to vote for any other party than the DA this time round! finish en klaar! Tony should rather focus on cleaning up the corruption in his own house before trying to speak about issues concerning the other parties! DA here we come and I look forward! Pat has only impressed me and know she will work as hard as Helen did to make a change! Can't wait for Wednesday!

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-13 18:12

      De Lille said they are neck to neck with ANC, doesnt that mean it can go either way. To me looks like De Lille sees the reality while most of her supporters are living in some holy space.

  • RVQ - 2011-05-13 13:47

    "He suggested that if he won, he could concede the position of mayor to find a politically viable coalition that would serve the city." What now? So he's just a puppet to win votes?

      Damask - 2011-05-13 13:53

      lol RVQ sounds about right the ANC are so transparent

      Vela Stardust - 2011-05-13 14:28

      Tony is looking for a job.

      v3 - 2011-05-13 15:07

      He actually is starting to come across as such a naive, with his comments about crooked ANC croniates and badmouthing the middle-class in his rhetoric then wanting to work with them, it's becoming embarrassing, like finding out that mummy and daddy DO have sex. He simply sounds too simple to do the job. Better sit it out and let the big people get on with it. Like de Lille.

      Enough! - 2011-05-13 15:53

      jip! that was the deal!!!! ANC is falling deeper and deeper into trouble and is desperate! can't believe I was happy years ago when they to power here! viva DA all the way this time!

  • Daveza - 2011-05-13 13:48

    [The antagonistic discourse that we have seen in the past ] Does he mean defacing the election posters ? If he was in the mafia they would call him Tony Two-face.

  • Rover_ZA - 2011-05-13 13:53

    Promising words. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the party he is in and their countless previous lies, I'm skeptical.

  • paulf - 2011-05-13 13:54

    Please don't worry about him or what he says. he's just another puppet on a string :-).

  • morne - 2011-05-13 13:55

    Yeh right he will give up the mayor position if the anc wins $$$! from socialist to capitalist in just one day...

  • GT - 2011-05-13 13:56

    Ehrenrich has never created a job in his life... what makes him think he is going to start now?

      Eric West - 2011-05-13 14:09

      On the contrary, he and his Cosatu have been the main cause of over a million jobs lost in SA. There was a good reason that Margaret Thatcher closed down the unions in Britain.

      Audacious - 2011-05-13 14:10

      Right on. Just look at all those union leaders, from useless Jaynaidoo to Shilowa and now Tony. They have style, but no substence. I would be ashamed to be them robbing the working class who they perport to be helping. Tony where are the billions in union subs? If you have not enriched yorself personally up till now, then you are not part of the in cronnie crowd. You may be idealistic, but not realistic.

  • clark - 2011-05-13 14:00

    - Mr. ThirdReich believes he can demonise and rebuke the " rich buggers" one week, ( to buy votes) and then cozy up to them the next week. How phoney is this Anc idiot. Just like your Anc masters, this forked tongue is not to be trusted.

      Together - 2011-05-13 15:39

      "rich buggers" - and that probably means anyone who isn't part of the tri-partite alliance. Not really earning trust and co-operation, but good to let people know that you despise them up front.

  • Ray - 2011-05-13 14:04

    He would be acting in a politically ethical way. It's a pity he is not acting in a politically ethnical way. What is a coloured man doing in the ANC? Maybe he has a secret plan by means of which he believes that through infiltrating the ANC he can demolish them from the inside. No, I think that like most politicians (especially the ANC ones), this man's loyalty lies in his own back pocket, and in covering his own wickets. i.e. He is motivated by fear and money.

  • RobinHood - 2011-05-13 14:04

    Pure, unadulterated rubbish

  • Kooven - 2011-05-13 14:06

    Ehrenrich gets my vote for 'Douche of the Year'...he is too "scalely" for words. I don't trust him, it could be the lack of back bone maybe? lol

      Ray - 2011-05-13 14:24

      A very flexible backbone maybe? Characteristic of a Jelly baby? Yellow describes the nature of a two-face. This monkey is too weak to reprisent his own race! Shifty character, driven by Money. Ehrenreich reminds us of the Easter bunny. Raises expectations but fails to appear. Handicapped like a crappy jock-strap smear. Yellow two-faced bunny monkey... Mayor of the Cape..a definite NEE DANKIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Ray - 2011-05-13 14:27

      represent (correction) sorry

  • Ray - 2011-05-13 14:07

    Partnership with upper class? Partnership up your ass!

  • cj - 2011-05-13 14:19

    The first sensible utterings by any politician in the run up to the elections. Yes Ehrenreich has made some silly comments in the past, but has proved himself over and over to be a principled man. He is not in it for personal gain, give him that.

      RobinHood - 2011-05-13 14:24

      You my friend, are floating on cloud nine

      Daveza - 2011-05-13 14:26

      So principled that he chooses private hospitals over the govt ones his supporters have to use.

      Ray - 2011-05-13 14:29

      CJ....wat rook jy?

      Vela Stardust - 2011-05-13 14:31

      Tony is in it to cause trouble. That is what he is best at. Nothing productive, just trouble.

      clark - 2011-05-13 14:35

      - Oh please- Dont ever use the words "principled' in the same sentence as this commie and /or the Anc . " Not in it for personal gain" - Get out of here ! - you think he's doing it for the love of the people and the fun of it. He's from the Anc you dimwit !

      cj - 2011-05-13 14:48

      I see quite a few people who are as brainwashed as the worst ANC supporter. See things in black and white - DA all good, ANC all bad. Ehrenreich makes an important reconciliatory comment ( an ANC/DA coalition might just be what we get in CT and it won't necessariy be a bad thing) but all you idiots see is "an ANC leader made a comment, let's rip it to pieces, no matter what the comment." Very mature.

      Ray - 2011-05-13 15:55

      Siestog cj...lyk my jou eer is beseer? Seeing that you're the only "mature" commentator on this forum, please explain how you have come to the conclusion that Ehrenreich has proved himself over and over to be a "principled" man?

      maggielou - 2011-05-20 12:26

      cj, are you Eherenreich's vice? What has he done for Cosatu? Name one sensible thing he uttered. Name one sensible, practical plan of action he possibly laid on the table. All that he spewed was his hatred for whites and those who have worked and S A V E D for a better life. We don't buy flashy cars, watches and clothing with our first few bucks - no, we save and live modestly so our resources can stretch. If you assume that this man is going to do anything better, you are either deaf, blind, or both. Costatu would have have done much better without him because his priorities are complete out of order. Open your eyes, cj -

  • POLLENYS - 2011-05-13 14:20

    Agree with Michael X: This man is pure poison.

  • Frik - 2011-05-13 14:20

    The working class are the privileged class thanks to labour laws . What about all the unemployed masses who thanks to Cosato has no hope of ever finding a job?

      cj - 2011-05-13 14:51

      Frik, the first sentence in your post is the most stupid I have seen in a long time.

      Alibaba - 2011-05-18 09:12

      ...and the second sentence in Frik's post is so true that you prefer to ignore it completely cj... I don't think he meant it literally, but compared to the other 1000's who lost their jobs due to being priced out of the market in SA (20-odd% unemployment rate se dinges) they are priviliged.

  • Staalbal - 2011-05-13 14:21

    And now all of a sudden he wants to form an partnership with the rich buggers in the leafy suburbs. Tony you are a snake!

  • Factual Fred - 2011-05-13 14:28

    Ehrenreich is such a hypocrite. He is not principled as CJ would like us to believe. Just look at his hosptal stay---only the best for Tony, no state hospital. He talks the talk, but he doesn't walk the walk. Another good example straight from Animal Farm.

  • David Edwards - 2011-05-13 14:29

    Always conflicts of interest here in SA. If he takes a position on the council, he should have to give up his position in Cosatu.

      maggielou - 2011-05-20 12:31

      Whaaat? NO seat on the council for this man He is a disruptance just to seek attention! He will waste precious time in council. They will have to respond to his stupid, petty bickerings and fault finding which we don't need. No contribution from him can ever be constructive!

  • BigD - 2011-05-13 14:37

    Ehrenreich, you are not leadership material

  • weberjacques - 2011-05-13 14:47

    he can have a seat! will make things fun during meetings when he blurts out his normal rubbish!!! he is always a good laugh!

  • albacore - 2011-05-13 14:52

    Dear Tony, I am really surprised that you are standing in the Western Cape,did'nt you hear or read what Mr Jimmy Manyi had to say,or have you kissed and made up.!!!!.I might ,just might support you if you have the courage to ask for the release of reports on municipal mismanagement around the country.Double dare you to ask.

  • Raymond - 2011-05-13 14:53

    I'm full confident that TONY will restore the dogniyt of the poor living class, and our ppl in this racist City of Cape Town. looking at TONY's treck record and contribution in the Trade Unions in the province SACCAWU, NUMSA COSATU, under extreem capitalistic and neo-liberal economical conditions. so me my house , famaly and friends evry one around me are definatelly VOTING TONY Hereinriech for mayor

      Enough! - 2011-05-13 16:01

      you are one of few! i know i have moved my political home and it DA all the way this time round and know of many others who feel the same! Tony is and stay part of the ANC that has failed us all and employes people like jimmy manyi! raymond wake up man and stop smoking that bushman weed! Pat all the way!

  • Raymond - 2011-05-13 14:58

    who ever comed out with the name of TONY< I want to personally thank that person. tony is our MESIAH, TONY will take us out of FARRO land of opression of the white JUDA(HELLEN ZIELLE) to Kanana..the economical emancipation of the black person in Cape Town more specially the the youth....

  • Skilpop - 2011-05-13 15:28

    He supports the ANC. For me that is enough to label him a douche. Don't really care if he says anything of value. The ANC is so transparent, I think anyone who votes ANC next week is openly voting for a bunch of criminals. Sad really.

      Yellow1 - 2011-05-13 18:14

      I heard there are some missing millions in Midvaal, isnt that DA's island? Wait, I know there is an explanation, its a plot by the ANC.

  • Chang Yi - 2011-05-13 16:33

    TONY, YOU ARE OUR NEXT CITY MAYOR COME WED NEXT WEEK...NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT!!!! YOU HAVE MY VOTE AND SO OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN CAPE TOWN!!!! These typical racists form the DA should just relocate if they can't stand us. I always wonder, why do SA white folks so negative about blacks? I mean really, if you don't like the place and it's people then change the continent...why should I live in Japan if I don't like the Japanese people(eg)?

      clark - 2011-05-13 18:48

      - We got another live one here fella's. Chang - Yi - Hmmm let's see- is that you Kolobe, tsepo, bluemas, 12th disciple ? If you are going to switch identities by chosing a Chinese name, at the very least you should know the name has nothing to do with Japan. Idiot.

  • R.Suppards - 2011-05-13 20:48

    Tony belongs in City Hall, he has more faces than the clock.

  • K Man - 2011-05-13 22:31

    Let him serve the tea and biscuits, he can still be useful.

  • maggielou - 2011-05-18 14:06

    Typical change of tune like only the ANC can. As for this dude, I have never heard him say anything constructive! When he spews it's Zille/DA/White man/Rich Buggers/Leafy suburbs and then .... his pretence to be a champion for the poor. Pathetic. As for the leafy suburbs, DUDE, PLEASE TAKE NOTE:::: I, me, myself clear up the sidewalk in front of my house from weeds, leaves and other junk dropped by passing motorists! I am tired of hearing how the resources get spent on the 'leafy suburbs'. DUDE , you are like a broken record and just oh, so predictable. I wonder how COSATU would have advanced without you. God forbid you get a seat anywhere where you can cause havoc. That is all you can do. Our MP's have wasted enough energy and resources on fighting slander and childlike stupidy with false allegations and accusations. Time to deliver to US - the people. Not childish attacks to pretend to be yielding some power.

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