Cape Town – The African National Congress in the Western Cape plans to unleash its biggest election campaign yet.
With only a few months left to the local government elections, the party has a lot of work to build up trust among its constituents, but Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman believes it is possible.
The province is the only one governed by the opposition Democratic Alliance.
Fransman said there was opportunity for the ANC to grow, but the party had to work on clearing the decks first.
The party, which has been plagued by internal factions and divisions for years, lost the province to the DA in 2009, and has been working towards rebuilding voter confidence since then.
Fransman told News24 they needed to work on presenting a united front during the elective campaign and beyond.
“The only way the ANC can make a deep dent is through deeper coherence, to unify the movement in this province, and to reflect on the municipalities.”
He said they had identified 17 municipalities in the Western Cape that the party must govern post the 2016 elections.
“We think the rural areas are ripe for a takeover. My belief is that the coastal communities are ready, the farm communities are ready to reject the DA,” he said.
The party, however, would face a challenge in the Cape Flats, and they would be focusing aggressively on winning these residents over, Fransman said.
“We must get our acts together in the places we do govern,” he said.
Fransman said the Western Cape was a complex province because they had 52% of people from the coloured community, and an African constituency of about 33%.
“You also have a situation where it’s a highly cosmopolitan space. And it is a space where I believe had the most serious impact [in terms of] the apartheid scars.”
He said they were ready for the challenge.