The secretary general of the African National Congress (ANC) Gwede Mantashe has announced with confidence that the party will retain all the metros they currently govern.
According to him, ANC had achieved a lot at local government level. He sited that the urban areas under their leadership have been de- racialized and many municipalities financial management stabilized.
Speaking at a three day national executive lekgotla, mantashe said “National and provincial government have intervened decisively where necessary to ensure that weak or dysfunctional municipalities are capacitated and in the interests of better governance, political leadership has been changed.”
However, experts are of the believe that the local government elections will revolve around the fight for metros especially as opposition parties like the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and Democratic Alliance (DA) have vowed to take control of cities such as Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay. Being fully aware of this fact, the ANC has pulled up a great force to see to it that they retain their governed metros.
ANC branches are therefore said to be nominating candidates for local government elections and majority of branch general meetings (BGMs) had been held’, Mantashe said. He added that though the list for local government elections has not been smoothly done, the party was dealing with them as the incidents were few.
“We are attending to incidences as they happen but in [the] majority [of] cases there are no incidences. There are provinces where we are at about 70% of BGMs… held and public meetings. There were no incidences.
“We don’t have the situation of chaos during the nomination process,” Mantashe said
Meanwhile, the aggrieved ANC party supporters in Tshwane have taken to the streets singing and vandalizing the party’s regional office in Arcadia as they called for the removal of the party’s leadership in the area.
Speaking to a reporter, one of the protesters said their protest was centered against some of the actions taken in the organization which looks like certain leaders allow only a selected number of their supporters to attend meetings. This protest took place just a week after the party’s women wing bared their buttocks in front of the party’s office in protest against the party’s branch general election which they were not happy about.
The party, like others is patiently waiting for the election date to be announced.