The contest for the northern areas in Nelson Mandela Bay ahead of the August election has heated up with a number of Democratic Alliance (DA) members crossing over to the African National Congress (ANC).
The disgruntled members say they had worked hard for their communities but had allegedly been treated badly by their former party, the DA.
ANC Deputy Secretary-General, Jessie Duarte, says the party welcomes these members, “We are happy to have them. They are very good councillors and as the ANC, we want to unite South Africa. We are glad to have them and we welcome them with open arms.”
Former DA councillor, Nico du Plessis, says, “We have worked hard in our wards, we took many wards away from the ANC but we have been treated badly by our party.”
The DA admits that there may be a few unhappy members from certain wards but they dispute the legitimacy of the majority who are walking over.
The move by councillors will be seen as a victory by the ANC who have been fighting hard to regain ground in the northern areas, which is known as a DA stronghold.
The area has been plagued by gangsterism- something both parties have promised to eradicate.
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