One of South Africa’s minor political parties; the African Independent Congress (AIC); has threatened that if the African National Congress (ANC) does not reverse Matatiele demarcation it (AIC) will enter into coalition with the DA in councils where the ANC hopes for a coalition.
Matatiele locality was included in the Eastern Cape rather than KwaZulu-Natal by the ANC government in the 12th amendment of South Africa’s constitution.
The boundary change; which subsequently led to intense dispute between the AIC and the ANC was eventually confirmed in the 13th amendment.
A referendum conducted in 2009 showed Matatiele residents opted to remain in KwaZulu-Natal rather than Eastern Cape.
AIC president; Mandla Galo said the ANC had promised to reverse the decision after the referendum was included. But till now, the ruling party has failed to keep its word.
He said he reminded Matatiele ANC treasurer general; Zweli Mkhize about the issue few days ago when he sat with AIC for coalition talks; but Mkhize has not given him feedback.
“He said he will come back to me; he will confer with his political principals; but I have not heard from him. I am not going to allow a situation where the votes of the AIC serve the needs of the ANC.
If they are people who are compassionate; people who listen, especially ordinary people; they must come back to us; otherwise we have no choice but to enter into a coalition with the DA.”
Galo called on concerned ANC leaders to go back to their party’s national working committee and reverse that decision; which was taken by the ruling party “against the will of the people”.
The African Independent Congress (AIC) was founded on 12 December 2005 in the Matatiele locality; in protest against the inclusion of the area in the Eastern Cape by the ANC.
Remarkably, results obtained in the just concluded municipal election showed support for the ANC in Matatiel declined further.