The Democratic Alliance has announced Ghaleb Cachalia as the party’s mayoral candidate for Ekurhuleni in this year’s municipal elections. The opposition party, who announced the latest development on Tuesday morning in Germiston, stated that Cachalia was chosen because he is stuffed up to the brim politically and otherwise.
Cachalia applied for the position and went through the DA electoral college process before he was selected for the post. DA supporters who were present gave the new candidate a warm welcome and expressed satisfaction with the party’s choice of a candidate.
Responding, Cachalia expressed happiness with the DA. However, he couldn’t hide his dismay over the recent troubles that besieged the ANC. He bluntly noted that the blood of the ANC runs in him but that the party betrayed him after its inception 22 years ago.
He spoke further in a statement that
“The values that I learnt from my family have guided me throughout my life; non-racialism and reconciliation, the rule of law and human rights, human dignity and the imperative that the government must work for the people and not the other way around.
Throughout my life, I believed the ANC embodied these values. It was where I put my faith for a better life for all South Africans. It was the party that enshrined my values when Nelson Mandela signed our Constitution into law in 1996. But sadly, after 22 years of ANC government, we have been betrayed.”
Cachalia sadly added that the ANC has changed, and that the ANC of Jacob Zuma is not the ANC of Nelson Mandela.
“I accept this DA nomination, not just because I’m leaving the ANC, but because the ANC has left me.”
He recalled that Ekurhuleni used to be called ‘Africa’s Workshop’, but after years of mismanagement, it is de-industrialising. The city which ought to be a beacon of hope and opportunity now stands divided. He added:
“The time has come for us to once again find our hope and aspiration. This is why I stand with the DA and will be campaigning as mayoral candidate to usher in an era of DA government in Ekurhuleni.”
In what may appear to be a pitiable time for the ANC, the party will now have to work harder in the upcoming local government elections, which are expected to be hotly contested. The DA has also heighten their nightmare by alleging that support for the ANC in Ekurhuleni has been declining‚ with a significant drop in votes between 2009 (67.5%) and 2014 (55.07%).
Ghaleb Cachalia Parentage
Ghaleb Cachalia is the son of late anti-apartheid activists Yusuf and Amina Cachalia. He revealed to Mail&Guardian three years ago that his mother turned down former president Nelson Mandela’s marriage proposal before he [Mandela] married Graca Machel.