Following an African National Congress (ANC) Councillor’s defection to the Democratic Alliance (DA), the ANC in the Western Cape says it had suspected that the Councillor would join the DA.
Announcing the arrival of the Cape Town Councillor on Thursday, the DA welcomed Mzwakhe Ngavashe with smiles and assured him of political safety in his new family.
On the hand, Cape Town ANC has responded to the development, saying that the ANC is not surprised by the Councillor’s defection to the DA. Provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs added that “for a while now we have expressed concern‚ especially when the ‘DA’s pseudo-councillor rating tool’ put Nqavashe at the top of their list of best performing Councillors‚ showering him with awards‚ over and against a pool of well-performing ANC Councillors and in contrast with our view.”
Jacob also noted in his speech that Nqavashe had been a “close ally” of suspended ANC councillor Siseko Mbandezi who later joined the DA.
“The DA‚ in its desperation‚ presents itself as an ‘employment agency’ that seeks to give guarantees to Councillors‚ a move that is neither sustainable nor a positive enrichment to our democracy. Councillors are elected by communities for performance‚ not as a political ploy,” Jacobs stated.
The Councillor’s defection is not the first in the ANC family as we will recall that in February, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Mpumalanga welcomed so many defectors from the ANC to the party.
Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma has encouraged ANC supporters in Uitenhage not to allow themselves to be intimidated by opposition group.
Speaking on Thursday morning at the Uitenhage taxi rank, ahead of the party’s manifesto launch in Nelson Mandela Bay this weekend‚ President Zuma told the mammoth crowd, “We are here to ask for your votes. When you vote for the ANC you feel peaceful inside.”
The embattled leader earlier walked around the Uitenhage mall, hooking up with shop owners‚ hawkers and ordinary citizens. Some people were seen shouting, “Zuma‚ I’m hungry,” “buy us baby formula‚ we are struggling‚ Zuma.”
The president, who appeared to be in his best mood replied “We will fix these issues‚ we have started and we will continue to do so”. However, some businessmen criticized the tour, asserting that the mini rally was delaying business for them.
Meanwhile, as the political tussle among SA parties thickens, a farm worker, Lucas Mzala Sibambo, has been allegedly fired for putting on an ANC crested T-shirt to work at an estate which supplies bananas to leading chain stores across the country.
Sibambo, an employee of Umbhaba Estate near Komatipoort in Mpumalanga, recounted that his troubles started after his supervisor told him to stay at home for wearing an ANC T-shirt and cap to work. From there, the worker said, he was directed to another farm manager, who told him that they were going to have a disciplinary hearing against him for wearing ANC clothes.