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ANC plans to reverse 'ganging up' in Amajuba

By unknown | Jun 11, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

KwaZulu-Natal premier Sibusiso Ndebele has vowed that the ANC would reverse what he called the distortion of democracy in the Amajuba district.

This comes after the IFP, DA and the National Democratic Convention (Nadeco) ousted ANC mayor Phumzile Mbatha-Cele and deputy mayor Mathew Masina.

The two were replaced by the IFP's Mercy Dube and the DA's Jacobus Vorster as mayor and deputy mayor.

Speaking to delegates during the provincial policy conference in Durban, Ndebele said the ANC would rectify the situation.

"We can't allow such ganging up to succeed. There has been a distortion of democracy in the area because as the ANC, we won with a clear majority during the elections and it has to remain so until the next elections," he said.

He said the fact that his party was leading in many districts meant that people believed in the ANC and so its leaders had to lead by example.

"The IFP never said they would provide clean water, sanitation and electricity to the people of Maqonqo, but we did. The DA never said they would build houses for the poorest in Nongoma, but we did and so we have to live up to that. It's up to you to make the ANC an organisation of choice for all people," he said.

Ndebele said one of the biggest challenges facing the ANC in the province was to woo the Indian youth community.

"I don't think we have done enough in this regard," he said.

Members of the ANC, especially the vociferous Durban region, led by Bheki Cele, has made it clear that they would not like to see President Thabo Mbeki running for a third term as ANC president. They argue that they don't believe in two centres of power, where one leader is a president of the party and the other is the president of the country.

The issue was raised after the Eastern Cape region approached Mbeki to stand for a third term.


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