By Thys Khiba
Tshwane – The African National Congress (ANC) head of elections Fikile Mbalula, when he briefed the media on Thursday about his party’s state of readiness, said the ANC wants to reclaim the City of Tshwane from the opposition partyDemocratic Alliance (DA).
Mbalula indicated that on September 27 his political party willhost its election manifesto in Tshwane, with the goal to reclaim the City of Tshwane.
“The weekend of the manifesto launch will be preceded by community engagements, led by President Ramaphosa, and the leadership of the ANC, reflecting on the past five years of local government. In compliance with Covid-19 protocols and regulations, the ANC manifesto launch will be held in Tshwane, with only 500 people in attendance,” said Mbalula.
The ANC lost the City of Tshwane to the DA with the support of the EFF, and other opposition parties in 2016.
In his analysis, Mbalula blamed and linked the loss of the metro council to the factional battles in 2016. At that time his political party had to rope in Agriculture Minister Thoko Didiza to be the mayoral candidate.
“The manifesto launch will be followed by the roll-out of localised manifesto launches in the metros, and the rest of the local municipalities. Our ward councillor candidates will also be rolling out ward-based manifesto launches, responding to ward-based service delivery plans, and specifically aligned to the main manifesto,” Mbalula said.
The ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa, this weekend, is expected to encourage new voters to go to the voting stations and register to vote, including those who relocated to different areas.
Speaking about the latest protest about nomination disputes,Mbalula believes that people were paid to come and protest outside Luthuli House, the ANC headquarters. But heacknowledged that some of the people came with genuine complaints of manipulation of nomination lists.
According to Mbalula, the ANC’s electoral committee, led byKgalema Motlanthe, was dealing with aggrieved members’complaints ahead of the IEC’s candidate registration deadline, on September 21.
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