Loyiso Nkohla accuses ANC of failing to deliver on promises

Former African National Congress (ANC) councillor in the City of Cape Town, Loyiso Nkohla, has accused the party of failing to deliver on its promises.

Nkohla on Thursday endorsed the Democratic Alliance (DA) during an event in Khayelitsha attended by the DA’s Western Cape leader, Patricia de Lille.

De Lille also welcomed ANC members to the DA.

Nkohla was a leading figure in the poo protests a few months ago.

He accused the DA-led City of Cape Town of neglecting poor communities, especially with regard to sanitation problems in Khayelitsha.

He also flung human waste at Cape Town International Airport.

Nkohla, who’s the former Secretary of the Seskhona People’s Rights Movement, has cited a number of reasons for pledging his support for the DA.

He could not yet join the party because of outstanding court matters.

He says Seskhona members were sidelined by the ANC in the candidate’s list for the Local Government Elections and they failed to deliver on promises.

“We have made a point before, that once we are disappointed by the ANC, we are going to go and approach other political parties. In 2014, ANC promised us land, decent water and sanitation and creation of 25 000 jobs at PRASA –  none of those things ever happened,” says Nkohla.

ANC Chairperson in the metro, Xolani Sotashe, says they are not concerned about Nkohla’s support for the DA.

“What we are going to do as the ANC is to make sure that the people he misled to the DA are talked to and brought back to the ANC. He’s just a sell-out, we are not surprised by his move, we are going to focus on our election,” says Sotashe.

De Lille, who was a fierce Nkohla critic during the poo protests, welcomed his support.

She promised Nklohla better services in Khayelitsha including better sanitation.

“We’ve been able to convince Nkohla that as the city we are delivering services. We took him and 200 leaders from the informal settlements and showed them the budget of more than R700 million that we are going to spend on water and sanitation,” says de Lille.

Nkohla’s close ally during the poo protests, Andile Lili, could not be reached for comment.

Lili currently serves on the Provincial Executive Committee of the ANC.

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