Didiza deployment shows ANC fears losing Tshwane - DA

2016-06-19 13:00
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Pretoria - The decision by the ANC to deploy former public works minister Thoko Didiza as a mayoral candidate in Tshwane shows that the party fears losing the metro, the Democratic Alliance’s Solly Msimanga said.

“The ANC last night failed to announce a mayoral candidate for Tshwane, which is the surest sign yet that the ANC is deeply internally divided in Tshwane and paralyzed by factionalism,” said Msimanga.

“That mayor Sputla Ramokgopa was not the ANC’s clear choice to run for the Mayor's Office, and that information points to the ANC considering deploying a heavyweight from Parliament to run for mayor, shows that the ANC fears it will lose Tshwane in this election.”

The ANC released its list of mayoral candidates on Saturday with Tshwane not having a candidate. It was confirmed in the morning by party insiders that the party had decided to rope in Didiza to contest the elections.

Msimanga said Ramokgopa’s failure to get the nod, and that the selection process had not been finalised, it was clear that the ANC was heavily divided.

“This confirms the sentiment expressed earlier this week by SACP provincial secretary Jacob Mamabolo, who described Tshwane as the 'one city where we see the most vicious alliance fights in the province, even within the ANC',” he said.

Msimanga added that under the ANC, key indicators in Tshwane point to a city in decline. He said unemployment was up from 24.2% in the 2011 Census, to 26% in the latest quarterly labour force survey.

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