Party stalwarts have called on African National Congress (ANC) public representatives to enhance the prestige of the party through accountability and integrity.
Former president Kgalema Motlanthe and struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada joined the ANC on the campaign trial in Gauteng.
Advocate George Bizos was expected to join the pair, but couldn’t make it because of ill health.
These stalwarts too have been critical of the ANC’s leadership with Kathrada even calling on President Jacob Zuma to step down.
People are raising genuine issues…
Despite the internal battles, the anti-apartheid veteran maintains, the ANC remains the party of choice.
“We must not confuse what individuals do; the membership of the ANC is committed to the spirit of volunteerism. They know and that must be carried more and more to the younger people. The ANC is not a rich organisation,” adds Kathrada.
Former President Motlanthe says public representatives should be wary. Speaking to ANC ward candidates, Motlanthe made it clear that the conduct of individuals does have an impact on the party’s image.
“If it is negative, you must know that you are in fact dismantling and discrediting the name of the African National Congress. In order for the ANC to lead our people and for our people to have trust in the ANC, the ANC must be regarded as an organisation of high prestige, of high integrity [and] of high of high accountability,” explains Motlanthe.
With the support the party enjoys, it remains confident it still has all the metros in Gauteng in the bag, including Joburg.
It is also eyeing Cape Town – the only metro which is led by an opposition party.
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe says, “People are raising genuine issues. This area has key issues which we must address if we take over this municipality. We must address the housing backlog, we must address sanitation, [and] we must address water [shortages]. If we can deal with those issues this area will be a better place to live in.”
Mantashe will conclude his Cape Town door to door programme this weekend, with visits in Nyanga, and Khayelitsha.
Meanwhile, Opposition parties were also out on the campaign trail today.
Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said his party had inherited a mess in the city of Cape Town when it took over from the ANC, but has managed to turn it around within ten years.
Addressing party supporters in Khayelitsha, Maimane said voters should give the party another chance in order to finish the good work it has already started.
“When you vote for the DA, it means less corruption. When you vote for the DA it means more jobs for the people of South Africa. When you vote for the DA it means more services. Therefor fellow South Africans, unlike in the past, today we re-affirm that commitment that the power is indeed in your hands and we continue to make progress,” adds Maimane.
In North West, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) vowed that it would deliver the best quality services to rural areas.
Party members were on a door-to-door campaign at several villages.
In Kimberley, in the Northern Cape, The Freedom Front Plus held a services expo in an effort to show how the party can contribute towards the provision of services.
FF Plus Leader Dr Wynand Basson says, “We believe that the alleviation of poverty in the Northern Cape can be attained by using solar power in many different ways. But also other socioeconomic problems, the purification of Water and everyone can have safe portable water.”
In Durban, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) president Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi campaigned at Lindelani, north of the city.
He refuted claims that the IFP party was responsible for the National Freedom Party (NFP)’s disqualification to participate in August elections.
“It is nonsensical in the extreme for the NFP that their misfortune has been caused by us,” says Buthelezi.
Buthelezi urged voters to come out in their numbers on Election Day.
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