ANC confident about its chances

2016-02-04 06:00
 The Western Cape ANC held a rally to commenorate their 104th birthday celebrations.National Chairperson of the ANC, Baleka Mbete was the keynote speaker.

The Western Cape ANC held a rally to commenorate their 104th birthday celebrations.National Chairperson of the ANC, Baleka Mbete was the keynote speaker.

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The African National Congress (ANC)’s Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte said the party remains confident about its chances of making significant inroads in the Western Cape following the local government elections.

Duarte was in the province yesterday assessing the party’s electoral campaign structures.

She added they are feeling confident about their chances.

“Our campaign will start in full force after we’ve launched our manifesto. But right now we’re establishing our structure. We feel good about it. Ee feel there’s a good mood among the membership. They’re ready to work, they’re determined to work hard enough to win as many wards as they can.”

The Western Cape ANC is without its chairperson, Marius Fransman and secretary, Faiez Jacobs.

At the same time, ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe has asked for a speedy investigation into the latest scandal to hit the party in the Western Cape.

Mantashe was in Cape Town yesterday to attend a high level meeting that resolved to suspend Jacobs who is facing charges of assault.

Fransman has also stepped down, pending an investigation into charges of sexual assault.

Now the party has to deal with Beaufort West Mayor Truman Prince who’s embroiled in allegations of corruption and assault.

Provincial ANC spokesperson Jabu Mfusi said Prince has brought the party’s name into disrepute.

“We’re taking the matter very seriously, the secretary-general spoke about it yesterday.”

Prince has been accused of attempting to manipulate tenders in return for funding for the ANC’s election campaign.

Mfusi said syphoning money is not in line with ANC policy.

“We have condemned what Truman did, there are better ways of raising funds.”

Mfusi said provincial leaders will discuss the issue later this week.

Meanwhile party’s national chairperson Baleka Mbete officiated the ANC’s birthday celebrations in Grabouw over the weekend.

Mbete insists the problems affecting the province’s leadership have not filtered down to branch level.

She has urged branches to focus on wresting control of municipalities from the Democratic Alliance come the local government elections. Mbete said the national leadership will sort out all issues.

“But at the provincially executive committee level, indeed the media has been reporting quite wildly about some of the challenges and that’s why the national leadership is coming down to get a direct sense of what are the issues.”

The party said it’s still focusing on reclaiming areas in the province.

It said it wants to use the Overberg district as its springboard.

Last year, the party won a by-election in a Democratic Alliance (DA) stronghold in Grabouw.

Grabouw councillor John Michels said people want better service delivery.

“They’re not worried about what’s going on in the ANC in the province or in the ANC nationally, they’re looking at what the ANC is offering on a local level. Local government is the party nearest to the people.”

But Mbete told members they cannot afford to be distracted at this stage as there’s too much work to be done.

“It’s very clear what our mission is in 2016. We can’t be demoralised, there’s too much work to do.”

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