Some 40 Democratic Alliance (DA) members in the Northern Cape have broken ranks, and joined the African National Congress (ANC). The party welcomed the new members, including a former councillor, Charles Tieties, the councillor who has defected from the DA.
Most of them are from the Khomani San.
However, at the August 3rd elections the ANC is facing competition from the Khoisan Revolution – a new political party vying for the votes of the San people.
ANC Northern Cape Treasurer, Sylvia Lucas, says, “These people are in fact recognising that they are getting the necessary recognition from the ANC, but also they are getting the response to their needs as a people and as a community.”
The ANC has also received support from some former DA members in Upington.
It was a bit of an uphill battle for the party’s Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe, in Richmond, Northern Cape.
“I will die being an ANC supporter, but I will not vote this time, because of how our leaders treat us.”
It’s sentiments like these that have made the party’s job even harder, considering its targets
Mantashe says “This municipality was a hung parliament. Do you remember? So, we want to kill the balance of forces, so that we can get an outright majority, so that we can govern properly and not depend on asking other people to support the ANC.”
Whether an outright majority is possible in Nelson Mandela Bay is yet to be seen.
It is one of three metros opposition parties are targeting. But the party is leaving nothing to chance.
Mayoral Candidate, Danny Jordaan, is ready to hit the ground running.
Elsewhere, in Aliwal North, ANC Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, was hard at work wooing potential voters. He says this area is very close to the heart of the party as it was home to one of their greatest leaders, Joe Gqabi.
Ramaphosa told community members to look at how far they have come with the ANC. He has also commended the service delivery in the area like the provision of housing.
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