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We must win over communities to win elections: Duarte

The African National Congress (ANC) says communities must be allowed to participate in the nominations of people who should stand as councillors in the upcoming local government elections.

This message was delivered by the party’s Deputy Secretary General, Jessie Duarte, at KaMhlushwa Stadium in Mpumalanga during the provincial celebration of the party’s 104 years in existence.

Duarte says the ANC will have to put communities first, in order to win the elections.

“The people must have a say in whom the councillor will be. So while the ANC branches will select three people, the community must ask questions and decide which of those three people they want to go with. If they don’t want any of the three, that branch has to start all over again.”

Duarte also called for calm at tertiary institutions, saying the ANC led government has done a lot to ensure that young people get education.

She also stressed the need for the ANC to be united in the province, following a no show by the South African Communist Party (SACP) when called to deliver a message of support.

The ANC has also criticised the burning of public property during service delivery protests.

During his address, Provincial Chairperson David Mabuza says the ANC still has an important role to play in society.

Mabuza says they will work hard to improve the living standards of farm workers.

“We are quite aware that there are those that have not seen liberation, especially our farm workers that are still oppressed by farm owners. We must work hard to liberate them. We must give water, electricity and decent jobs. The treatment that our farm workers are getting from the employer is not acceptable. We will fight until the rights of workers are respected as enshrined in our constitution.”

– By Vusi Twala

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