DA’s Mncwango sets sights on top­pling ANC in KZN

The Witness - - NEWS - SA­BELO NSELE • sa­belo.nsele@wit­ness.co.za

THE­DA’s­KZN­pre­mier­can­di­date­and­provin­cial­leader,­Zwakele­Mncwango,is­wary­of­the­chal­lenge­that­lies­aheadas­the­party­tries­to­de­throne­the­ANCfrom­ pro­vin­cial­ gov­ern­ment­ in­ nex­tyear’s­elec­tions.

Mncwango­ was­ an­nounced­ as­ theDA’s­pre­mier­can­di­date­by­party­lead­erM­musi­Maimane­at­a­press­con­fer­en­cein­Dur­ban­yes­ter­day.

Speak­ing­to­The Wit­ness­af­ter­the­an­nounce­ment,­Mncwango­said­his­nom­i­na­tion­had­come­at­a­time­when­the­p­rovince­ was­ in­ des­per­ate­ need­ of­ achange­in­lead­er­ship.

“I­am­aware­of­the­big­task­that­liesa­head,”­he­said.

Mncwango­said­the­prov­ince­had­taken­a­“wrong­turn”­in­terms­of­the­di­rec­tion­it­was­go­ing­in.

“The­ lat­est­ crime­ sta­tis­tics­ provethat­we­re­ally­need­a­strong­lead­er­shipto­get­out­of­the­sit­u­a­tion­that­we­arefac­ing.”

He­said­a­new­pro­vin­cial­gov­ern­ment­that­would­be­elected­at­next­year’s­pollswould­need­to­come­up­with­poli­ci­esthat­will­grow­the­econ­omy,­ad­dress­the­ high­un­em­ploy­ment­rate­and­so­cial­ills,and­im­prove­lev­els­of­ed­u­ca­tion.

“These­are­the­chal­lenges.­We­need­ strong­lead­er­ship­to­get­out­of­this,”­he­said.

Mncwango­said­he­was­hope­ful­that­ vot­ers­would­choose­the­DA.

“From­the­day­when­I­was­elected­as­the­pro­vin­cial­leader,­the­vi­sion­of­the­p­rovince­has­al­ways­been­to­drop­theANC­vote­to­be­low­50%.­The­ANC­is­los­ing­sup­port­in­the­prov­ince.­Peo­pleare­fed­up.

“Vot­ers­in­this­prov­ince­can­changeth­eir­vote.­It­was­the­vot­ers­of­the­prov­ince­who­re­moved­the­IFP­from­power.Only­in­KZN­have­we­seen­a­sit­u­a­tion­where­ mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties­ have­ been­ gov­erned­by­three­dif­fer­ent­po­lit­i­cal­par­ties.­That­tells­us­that­peo­ple­of­this­province­are­ca­pa­ble­of­chang­ing­their­vote,”­he­said.

Maimane­ said­ they­ are­ con­fi­den­tMncwango­ can­ lead­ the­ prov­ince­ togreater­heights.

The­ANC­has­failed­the­prov­ince,­theDA­leader­said.­“Un­em­ploy­ment­is­on­the­rise,­the­pro­vin­cial­Health­Depart­ment­is­on­its­knees­lead­ing­to­the­on­go­ing­on­col­ogy­cri­sis,­and­poverty­is­ram­pant.

“There­has­been­a­break­down­in­ba­sic­gov­er­nance,­as­many­res­i­dents­are­with­out­wa­ter,­elec­tric­ity,­and­ba­sic­ser­vices.”

“The lat­est crime sta­tis­tics prove that we re­ally need a strong lead­er­ship to get out of the sit­u­a­tion that we are fac­ing.”

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KZN DA leader and MPL Zwakele Mncwango.

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