ANC flirts with other par­ties

The Citizen (KZN) - - News - Brian Sokutu

While ex­clud­ing en­gag­ing the Demo­cratic Al­liance (DA), the ANC in Gaut­eng yes­ter­day said it was in talks with all other po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the trou­bled Tsh­wane metro to forge a coali­tion gov­ern­ment.

With DA mayor Stevens Mok­galapa hav­ing re­cently re­signed amid po­lit­i­cal bick­er­ing, Tsh­wane has been lead­er­less, with ser­vice de­liv­ery suf­fer­ing.

In the 2016 lo­cal gov­ern­ment polls, the ANC failed to se­cure the pro­por­tional vote, de­spite win­ning the ma­jor­ity of wards in Tsh­wane, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult for the DA to de­liver ser­vices with­out con­cur­rence of ANC coun­cil­lors.

Ac­cord­ing to ANC Gaut­eng Sec­re­tary Ja­cob Khawe, the party was hard at work to woo the sup­port of the Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers (EFF) in wrestling for the po­lit­i­cal con­trol of Tsh­wane.

At a me­dia brief­ing at the re­cent two-day ANC pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee lek­gotla, also at­tended by na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers, leagues and al­liance rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Khawe said the gath­er­ing was fo­cused on strength­en­ing the ANC ahead of 2021 lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions and on ser­vice de­liv­ery.

Said Khawe: “The lek­gotla was alive to the fact that 2020 is a cru­cial year in strength­en­ing the foun­da­tion for so­lid­i­fy­ing the elec­toral gains made since the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions and the sub­se­quent by-elec­tions to date.

“Hence, the ANC and its struc­tures have com­mit­ted to dou­ble ef­forts to re­store hope and con­fi­dence among the peo­ple of Gaut­eng through the un­wa­ver­ing im­ple­men­ta­tion of our man­i­festo com­mit­ments.”

He said the ANC would be field­ing can­di­dates in up­com­ing by-elec­tions in Jo­han­nes­burg’s wards 68, 120 and 130, Tsh­wane’s ward 3, Ekurhu­leni wards 60, 89 and 103 and Em­fu­leni’s ward 16 from March to April.

“We are con­fi­dent that the peo­ple of these wards will once more ex­press their con­fi­dence in the abil­ity of the ANC to lead the process of trans­form­ing their com­mu­ni­ties,” said Khawe.

Among key pri­or­i­ties out­lined by the Gaut­eng ANC were:

Fo­cus­ing on con­sol­i­dat­ing five cor­ri­dors of de­vel­op­ment in the prov­ince, with much more em­pha­sis and fo­cus on re­viv­ing de­pressed economies of Sed­ibeng and the West Rand.

Im­prov­ing ac­cess to qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion in the prov­ince, in­clud­ing ac­cess to qual­ity early child­hood de­vel­op­ment.

Im­prov­ing qual­ity of health­care ser­vices and pa­tient ex­pe­ri­ence at the point of ser­vice.

The com­ple­tion of in­com­plete hous­ing and ur­ban re­newal projects.

Re­duc­ing crime by 50% in the 40 worst crime hotspots.

En­forc­ing a clean gov­er­nance and eth­i­cal lead­er­ship in gov­ern­ment.

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