ANC gears up for crit­i­cal elec­tions

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Wise­man Mthiyane

THE 2019 Na­tional Gen­eral Elec­tions will be most crit­i­cal for the ANC, ow­ing to the chal­lenges that the party and gov­ern­ment faces.

These chal­lenges em­anate from the per­cep­tions that the ANC is no longer rep­re­sent­ing the as­pi­ra­tions of the peo­ple.

This view­point was shared by the ANC Musa Dladla Re­gional Chair­per­son Mdu Mh­longo, speak­ing dur­ing the ANC’s pub­lic man­i­festo pro­pos­als col­lec­tion meet­ing held on Tues­day at Em­pan­geni Civic Cen­tre.

The Man­i­festo Assem­bly was aimed at al­low­ing com­mu­ni­ties to make in­puts in the draft­ing of the 2019 Elec­tions Man­i­festo.

‘The chal­lenge we have is to change the mind­set of those who feel that this is not the ANC of the old and that this is not the party you can trust.

‘The re­al­ity is that we are faced with global eco­nomic re­ces­sion. There are few com­pa­nies, em­ploy­ing our peo­ple. ‘In fact, the ma­jor­ity of our peo­ple are em­ployed by gov­ern­ment,’ said Mh­longo.

‘This is hap­pen­ing de­spite the fact that the gov­ern­ment’s main ob­jec­tive is not to em­ploy peo­ple, but to cre­ate a cli­mate con­ducive to at­tract in­vest­ments.

‘It is a re­al­ity also that our slug­gish eco­nomic growth cou­pled with VAT and fuel price in­crease is af­fect­ing our peo­ple in a big way and that is a chal­lenge fac­ing us.

‘We also need to do an in­tro­spec­tion in ask­ing: ‘can we cre­ate a vi­brant ANC cam­paign un­der this mood of at­tack­ing one an­other?’.

‘It should also worry us that at times as com­rades we no longer see de­ploy­ments as an op­por­tu­nity to serve, but we see it as an em­ploy­ment agency.

‘We need to re­mind our­selves that we are a move­ment com­mit­ted to the ser­vice of the peo­ple,’ he said.

Change of heart

Mh­longo’s sen­ti­ments were echoed by ANC Pro­vin­cial Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee mem­ber, Solomon Mkhombo who said the ANC needed a change of heart in ap­proach­ing is­sues of na­tional in­ter­est. ‘We wel­come the op­por­tu­nity of this Peo­ple’s Assem­bly where we are ex­pected to for­mu­late peo­ple’s ideas and as­pi­ra­tions which should bet­ter in­form our Jan­uary 8 state­ment, to be pre­sented by Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa in this prov­ince on Jan­uary 12 next year at the Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium. ‘Ed­u­ca­tion, health - par­tic­u­larly the Na­tional Health In­sur­ance (NHI), eco­nomic growth, crime and job cre­ation are some of the is­sues that dom­i­nated the Musa Dladla Man­i­festo Assem­bly.

The assem­bly was at­tended by mem­bers from or­gan­ised labour, aca­demics from Univer­sity of Zu­l­u­land and Um­folozi TVET Col­lege, stu­dent lead­ers, Pro­gres­sive Pro­fes­sion­als Fo­rum, busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tions and civil so­ci­ety for­ma­tions.

ANC’s Re­gional Chair­per­son Mdu Mh­longo out­lin­ing the pur­pose of a Man­i­festo Assem­bly

ANC mem­bers who at­tended a Man­i­festo Assem­bly at Em­pan­geni Civic Cen­tre

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