ANC to blitz Cape Town

2015-01-04 08:05
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Cape Town - A massive ANC contingency including President Jacob Zuma and his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to descend on Cape Town on Sunday in a move that will be marked by a door-to-door campaign to muster support in the province – the only one in the country the ANC does not control.

According to the Sunday Independent, this move is part of the party’s 103rd anniversary celebrations which will be attended by over 50 000 supporters at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

Zuma, who will be joined by 80 national executive committee members and at least two ministers, is expected to visit local townships, taxi ranks and train stations.

However, the expected visit has not been without tensions between the ANC and the Democratic Alliance, the official opposition which leads the province, when it demanded full payment upfront for the use of the stadium, stating it was owed money by the ANC’s provincial office.

News24 reported last month that the ANC had paid more than R2.2m to secure the Cape Town Stadium as a venue for its 103rd birthday event.

City of Cape Town's mayoral committee member for tourism, events and economic development, Garreth Bloor, said the ANC had paid the full amount the city had quoted it for hiring the venue.

The city demanded that the ANC pay the full amount up front. It was not willing to negotiate any discount or any deal with the governing party due to its bad credit record with the city.

The ANC still owed the Cape Town International Convention Centre R1.5m from almost four years ago after it hired the venue for its provincial conference in February 2011, the paper reported.

The city is a shareholder in the centre.

According to ANC sources in the province, party leaders tried, but failed to negotiate with Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille to get a discount on the venue fee.

ANC national executive committee member Mcebisi Skwatsha, who is the former chairperson of the Western Cape ANC and who sources have claimed was leading the team sent to negotiate with De Lille, laughed off the suggestion that he tried to negotiate the fee.

"I do not know about that," he said laughing.
Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma  |  patricia de lille  |  cyril ramaphosa  |  cape town
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