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ANC, DA in Oudtshoorn: putting the community first

The African National Congress (ANC) in Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo says they will work with the town’s ruling party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), as long as they put the interest of the community first.  
The town’s inaugural council meeting was held on Tuesday.

The DA won a majority in the 25 seat council, with 14 seats, followed by the ANC with seven, the Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa (ICOSA) with two and the South African Religious Civic Organisation (SARCO) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) one each.

ANC Regional Chairperson, Klaas Windvogel says:

“We have an obligation to work with the new council. We are obviously sorry we couldn’t win the elections but will play an effective opposition role and will always raise our hands when we don’t agree on something.”

Oudtshoorn’s new mayor, Colan Sylvester, says they have their work cut out to get the town back on its feet again.

The local authority was put under administration in July last year following years of political infighting and maladministration.

The administration period has now ended.

Sylvester says they want to eliminate the town’s debt of nearly R300 million.

“Our plans for the municipality is to turn around the financial position. To work off that debt and to deliver services to our community by ensuring that they get there services they entrusted their vote in us with.”

Residents say they hope their new council will act on their promises that were made during election campaigning.

“Both the DA and ANC need to work together in order to get this municipality up and running again. They can make this place better. We need jobs here and the youth in this area are prepared to work after all we are the new generation. These parties need to implement youth programmes that will hopefully harness the power of entrepreneurship.”

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