'Madiba would have wanted the ANC to take back WCape'

Cape Town. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)
Cape Town. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Cape Town – Former president Nelson Mandela would have wanted the ANC in the Western Cape to take back the province from the DA, the party's provincial secretary, Faiez Jacobs, said on Sunday.

"Madiba would have told us without any equivocation that there is no more important task for ANC in this province to focus its efforts and energy [on] than to dismantle the legacy of a regime which has been a bulwark of minority racial privilege," he said in a statement.

Jacobs conceded that the party had faced numerous challenges in the province since 2006.

"Despite our admitted mistakes and the loss of trust and power to make real the dreams of our people, despite the challenges, we have carried on, not simply because of the skill or vision of those in the Provincial Executive, but because our people have remained faithful to our vigour and our promise."

Jacobs said the former president had spent the better part of his life in the province and had a very acute sense of the struggle for freedom which was waged there.

He said the City of Cape Town was divided, but that this tale of two cities could not continue.

"From the time the ANC took over the City of Cape Town in 2002 and the Province in 2004, there was no doubt in people's minds that the ANC was the only party fit and capable of government at every part of this country for the benefit of all."

Unfortunately, since then, prolonged leadership disputes and divisions had made unity elusive.

"The challenges we have faced have been real. They have been serious and they have been many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But as Madiba said it then we are saying it now, and we say this without fear of contradiction. All our challenges will be met."

He spoke of inequality, economic growth and the importance of education, and stressed the importance of healing the "divisions in the province".

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