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ANC reveals mayoral list ahead of elections for the first time

The African National Congress (ANC) has unveiled its much anticipated mayoral candidates list for major cities and what it calls strategic towns.

It has brought in new names in all major metros except for Johannesburg and the Nelson Bay Metro, where it retained Parks Tau and Danny Jordaan respectively. Out of eight metropolitan municipalities, the governing party has at least two women as mayors in Mangaung and Ethekwini.

The day-long deliberation on who should become mayors for the ANC in major cities forced media to wait for more than six hours as National Executive Committee (NEC) officials grappled to come up with names.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the NEC on Sunday will interact with branches and regional structures in Tshwane to finalise the mayoral candidate.

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This is the first time the ANC is announcing its mayoral candidates ahead of elections. Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte says they want to use their mayoral candidates as part of their election campaign.

Mantashe has also ruled out any possibility of the ruling party changing its list for council candidates. Mantashe has warned against the creation of an impression that the party might accede to some members demands to change the list.

Recently, some ANC members who were not happy with the party’s choice for councillors marched to Luthuli House to express their dissatisfaction. However, with the mayoral candidates, the ANC says its two week consultation process got a buy in from all its branches and regions with provinces recommending the names.

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