ANC big guns work W Cape

Deputy Pres­i­dent warmly wel­comed in Endlovini, Khayelit­sha Our coun­cil­lors will work – Holomisa

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - ZENZILE KHOISAN LUY­OLO MKENTANE

THE ANC dis­pelled any no­tion it had no heart for the lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions con­test in the Western Cape when it brought out its big guns to lead the fi­nal push to win over the elec­torate in Cape Town’s most im­pov­er­ished ar­eas.

ANC deputy pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa was warmly wel­comed by a large crowd that turned up for a rally at the Endlovini sport and recre­ation cen­tre in Khayelit­sha yes­ter­day, where he gave a rous­ing ad­dress to party sup­port­ers, urg­ing them to put their shoul­ders to the wheel in a fi­nal and spir­ited ef­fort to win the prov­ince.

Ramaphosa’s ap­pear­ance at the cen­tre was part of an in­ten­sive fi­nal cam­paign week­end ef­fort, which in­cludes walk­a­bouts, a mass rally at the Bel­lville Velo­drome and ad­dresses to re­li­gious groups.

Ramaphosa said he was dis­tressed at the ter­ri­ble liv­ing con­di­tions of peo­ple of Khayelit­sha and other places in the Cape Town metro.

He ac­cused the rul­ing DA of “se­ri­ous dere­lic­tion”, say­ing he was “ap­palled that over 10 years the DA has built no homes in a spe­cific area where 20 000 peo­ple live”.

He also chal­lenged the DA’s as­ser­tion that the ma­jor­ity of the city’s bud­get was al­lo­cated to poorer ar­eas, say­ing the truth was more af­flu­ent ar­eas got the big­ger share of the bud­get.

In his party’s view, Ramaphosa said, it was the ar­eas with big needs that should see progress.

The DA’s record of chang­ing the liv­ing cir­cum­stances of the ma­jor­ity was “a de­press­ing story of a to­tal fail­ure of de­liv­ery”.

Ramaphosa warned those who sug­gested the ANC had no stom­ach for the fight to win the Western Cape that its elec­tions ma­chin­ery and its vol­un­teer staff for “the fi­nal push” was up to the task of tak­ing on any­one.

“We are primed and ready in the Western Cape, and we are very strong in the Western Cape. The ANC should never be taken for granted.

“If they think we are down and out, they will be in trou­ble,” the deputy pres­i­dent said.

Ramaphosa also ad­dressed re­cent prob­lems in the party’s re­gional lead­er­ship struc­ture, say­ing the is­sue would be han­dled within the in­ter­nal struc­tures of the ANC and all chal­lenges would be re­solved.

Ad­dress­ing the vi­o­lence that has plagued the elec­tion cam­paign in var­i­ous parts of the coun­try, he said the process had been “dogged by vi­o­lence” and made a call “on ev­ery­one not to go around fan­ning the flames of vi­o­lence”.

He also specif­i­cally ad­dressed fears there could be vi­o­lence af­ter the fi­nal votes were tal­lied.

“Once the will of the peo­ple has been ex­pressed, we all, even the ANC, should ac­cept it,” Ramaphosa said.

Ramaphosa later ad­dressed re­li­gious lead­ers at the OR Tambo cen­tre, urg­ing them to sup­port the ANC’s cam­paign.

There Ramaphosa got strong sup­port when he noted that one of the found­ing com­po­nents of the ANC had been the church.

“We were formed by three com­po­nents – churches, tra­di­tional lead­ers and ed­u­cated peo­ple who had lead­er­ship in the church. UDM Nel­son Man­dela Bay ward can­di­dates have re­ceived a stern warn­ing from party leader Bantu Holomisa not to “fold their arms” at coun­cil cham­bers once they have been voted in as coun­cil­lors.

Yes­ter­day Holomisa cam­paigned in the hotly con­tested metro, ac­com­pa­nied by UDM provin­cial chair­man and may­oral can­di­date Mongameli Bobani, as well as Ward 18 can­di­date Ntombi­zodwa Ngqam­buza.

Ngqam­buza is a pop­u­lar can­di­date for the UDM who re­cently joined the party from the ANC.

She served as a branch ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee sec­re­tary for about a decade.

As Holomisa, his mo­tor­cade and throngs of party sup­port­ers criss-crossed the metro’s town­ships, res­i­dents could be heard talk­ing fondly of Ngqam­buza and how she had served the ANC tire­lessly dur­ing her time there.

The UDM pa­raded those who had joined them from the ANC at each of the wards where they cam­paigned, in­clud­ing wards 18, 22, 24, 27 and 38.

Holomisa com­mended Ngqam­buza for “bull­doz­ing” the ANC in Ward 18, an area near KwaZa­khele town­ship.

For­mer ANC mem­ber and Ward 22 res­i­dent Neliwe Ntuli said she de­cided to join the UDM due to her un­hap­pi­ness over the party’s can­di­date list process.

“My son was elected as the ward can­di­date, but some­how his name was du­bi­ously re­moved from the list,” she said.

The UDM’s ward can­di­date in the area, Non­cedo Hlu­tywa, said they had worked very hard to cap­ture the ward from the ANC. “Now it’s all UDM here,” she said, adding that is­sues re­lat­ing to unem­ploy­ment, drugs and crime would be ad­dressed head on if she was voted in.

Holomisa told the can­di­dates not to com­mit the same mis­takes the ANC had, and to rather cham­pion the de­liv­ery of “ba­sic” ser­vices to the peo­ple. Th­ese in­cluded hous­ing and wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture.

“When you are in the mu­nic­i­pal­ity don’t fold your arms. Make sure that the bud­get is not mostly spent in op­u­lent suburbs. Change that and pri­ori­tise in­for­mal set­tle­ments and town­ships. Make sure there is a bud­get for th­ese ar­eas,” said Holomisa.

He also schooled the res­i­dents and can­di­dates on govern­ment com­pe­ten­cies, say­ing hous­ing and wa­ter were the na­tional govern­ment’s com­pe­tency. Re­spon­si­bil­i­ties dif­fered between na­tional, provin­cial and lo­cal govern­ment spheres, he said.

Holomisa crit­i­cised the ANC govern­ment for mak­ing empty promises, say­ing: “iANC ixoke kakhulu (the ANC has lied a lot).”

South Africa was a mul­ti­party democ­racy, mean­ing if those in power did not hon­our their promises, “you have the right to vote them out”.

Holomisa, who was the deputy min­is­ter of en­vi­ron­men­tal af­fairs and tourism in Nel­son Man­dela’s cab­i­net, called on UDM sup­port­ers to de­mand a re­view of the coun­try’s elec­toral sys­tem.

“You must de­mand to elect your own pres­i­dent,” said Holomisa.


ANC sec­ond-in-com­mand Cyril Ramaphosa con­cludes his two-day Western Cape visit in Khayelit­sha town­ship yester day.


UDM leader Bantu Holomisa meets the party’s ward can­di­dates and those who joined the UDM from the ANC re­cently. He was cam­paign­ing in the Nel­son Man­dela Bay metro for the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions.

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