The delay by the African National Congress (ANC) to publish its list of mayoral candidate for the 2016 local government election, has began to annoy opposition parties like the DA and its candidate Phumzile van Damme who would want to know who they contend with.
Phumzile van Damme of the Democratic Alliance on Tuesday challenged the ANC to release its list of mayoral candidates for the coming election as promised by the party’s secretary-general Gwade Mantashe.
Van Damme who has been so impatient by the ANC’s delay lashed out at the rolled out her criticism against the party saying it “governs like black lives don’t matter”‚ and added that its secretary-general‚ Gwede Mantashe‚ hasn’t made good on a promise to “reveal its mayoral candidates within 10 days”.
“Fourteen days later and Luthuli House remains silent‚ refusing to provide the electorate a real opportunity to interrogate its candidates and record of government‚” said Van Damme.
We have no reason to hide. We have revealed our mayoral candidates and we are prepared to debate the ANC anywhere‚ any time. Fourteen days later‚ we again challenge the ANC to come out of hiding and to reveal their mayoral candidates now.”
Speaking further Van Damme referred to the party as one which is more interested in defending the corrupt‚ than providing an honest government.
“ANC-run municipalities have shown that they have abandoned the communities which they vowed to serve‚” Van Damme said.
“Instead of better service delivery and more jobs‚ ANC Mayors have indulged in the pursuit of self-interest and self-enrichment with impunity.”she added.
Meanwhile, while the ruling party is yet to release the list of its mayoral candidate, report has it that about 28 candidates on the party’s lists for the local government elections in August are either facing serious charges in court or are having criminal records.
Their names were submitted despite ANC guidelines to the contrary and the likelihood that they will not be eligible for election and Mantashe said the party would wait for the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to complete its screening of submitted candidates before it made a decision. “We will not be shocked by anything that comes from the IEC,” said Mantashe.
Like the party’s secretary General Gwade Mantashe said, the party would have to rely on the decisions of the Independence Electoral Commission over who among its candidates is fit to contest in the coming election.