Dur­ban: ANC takes to the streets to cel­e­brate win

Weekend Witness - - News - SKHUMBUZO MIYA

TOP ANC lead­ers in KwaZulu-Na­tal, in­clud­ing Premier Zweli Mkhize and MECs, took to the streets in mo­tor­cades around Dur­ban in cel­e­bra­tion of ANC vic­tory af­ter tak­ing the ma­jor­ity of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties across the prov­ince at the 2011 lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions.

Among the ar­eas which the mo­tor­cade trav­elled through were for­mer IFP-dom­i­nated eThek­wini hos­tels in KwaMashu and Unit 17 in uM­lazi which were won by the ANC this week.

Be­fore the mo­tor­cade, lead­ers popped cham­pagne corks at a press con­fer­ence at City Hall, even though the re­sults were not yet of­fi­cially de­clared.

By 5 pm last night, which was the dead­line for any party to sub­mit ob­jec­tions, none had been re­ceived.

Ad­dress­ing the press con­fer­ence, ANC pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Sihle Zikalala said the ANC’s vic­tory ex­ceded even their ex­pec­ta­tions.

“We un­der­stand that the huge gains we have made in tak­ing over the lead­er­ship of mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties does not pro­vide us with an op­por­tu­nity to gloat and bask in the sun of our vic­tory, but de­mands even more than be­fore — height­ened ded­i­ca­tion and an in­creased sense of loy­alty to the cause of the eman­ci­pa­tion of our peo­ple …”

Zikalala re­it­er­ated the party’s stance that it will take ac­tion against coun­cil­lors who fail to per­form.

Mkhize re­marked that for the first time dur­ing this elec­tions, the ANC per­formed well in Nkandla, where ANC and coun­try pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s homestead is sit­u­ated, and where Zuma voted be­fore the ANC cap­tured that ward.

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