W Cape: ANC plans fightback

2009-05-17 16:29

Johannesburg - The ANC will reverse setbacks it has experienced in the Western Cape, the party said on Sunday.

"The provincial executive of the ANC Western Cape has emerged from a three-day strategic planning lekgotla held over the weekend in Plettenberg Bay, confident that it has charted a way forward in the province," read a statement.

The lekgotla was attended by members of the party's National Executive Committee, including secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, as well as alliance partners.

The lekgotla was used to identify the "political and organisational weaknesses" that caused the party to lose control of the province to the Democratic Alliance in the April elections.

The party planned to rebuild its presence in the Western Cape through recruitment, rebuilding branches and campaigning. This would be in preparation for the 2011 local government elections.

The ANC also said it would form a "patriotic opposition" in the provincial legislature to "expose the DA's anti-transformational and reactionary policies" on gender - a reference to Premier Helen Zille's all-male cabinet.

The party planned to "form a broad front of forces and organisations" to oppose the DA in the province, to ensure pro-poor policies were implemented.

The party also planned to hold an alliance summit to ensure its partners were part of plans for the province.