ANC risks losing votes if it does not listen: Gigaba
Tue, 12 Jan 2016 10:25:00
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has said the African National Congress can only lose the 2016 municipal elections if the party “does not listen”.
Speaking to Eyewitness News, he said the party was its own biggest enemy. There was “no political force” in South Africa that could beat the ruling party in a vote, he said.
Gigaba stressed the ANC risked losing support only if it refused to listen to its constituents. He warned the party against being complacent.
President Jacob Zuma meanwhile said this year’s Local Government Elections were going to be one of the toughest for the ANC, News24 reported on Friday.
“We said we are the servants of the people. If that is the case, we cannot ignore the views of the people. We can’t force down their throats the comrades we love and prefer,” he said at a cake cutting ceremony during the party’s 104th anniversary bash in Rustenburg.
“This time, more than any other time, it is important that we appreciate that this election is going to be tougher than the previous ones.”
Zuma stressed he wanted representatives of the party’s branches to listen to people’s concerns ahead of the vote.
We will unleash the fiercest forces of the alliance to ensure we win decisively the local municipal elections
North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo pledged that the province would remain under the ANC’s control and leadership, News24 reported.
The North West was one of the areas where the Economic Freedom Fighters had a strong presence.
“We will unleash the fiercest forces of the alliance to ensure we win decisively the local municipal elections,” Mahumapelo told thousands of people gathered at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium for the party’s 104th anniversary celebration over the weekend.
“There is nobody who will stand in between the movement and the alliance.”
The Democratic Alliance and EFF had vowed to take the Johannesburg, Tshwane, and Nelson Mandela Bay metros from the ANC.
– By News24