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By Zukile | Jul 21, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE ANC has blamed members of its alliance partner Cosatu for its failure to win Western Cape in the April general elections.

THE ANC has blamed members of its alliance partner Cosatu for its failure to win Western Cape in the April general elections.

The party has accused Cosatu members in the coloured communities of Western Cape of voting for the DA and contributing to its triumph over the ANC.

DA leader Helen Zille wrested control of the province from the ANC, winning the province by 51percent against the ANC's 31,5percent.

ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe told a media briefing at ANC headquarters in Luthuli House in Johannesburg yesterday that the decrease in the party's vote in the province was noticeable in coloured communities and among working class people.

"If you look at African areas in Western Cape, our support has been constant in most areas and increased marginally in others.

"But in coloured areas, our support has been cut by half.

"Now considering that the majority of ANC voters are working class people, it means Cosatu members voted for the DA."

Mantashe said the ANC would meet Cosatu to discuss the issue.

Cosatu Western Cape secretary Tony Ehrenreich said relations between the labour federation and the now disbanded provincial leadership of the ANC "had not worked for a while".

"We, however, have not read the ANC's assessment of how this affected voting trends in the province," he said. " But we will look at it and contribute to the ANC process of renewing its structures in the province."

Mantashe also confirmed the party's decision to dissolve the provincial executive committees in both the Western Cape and North West, saying the two provinces were riddled with factionalism, infighting and power struggles over patronage and access to resources.

He said provincial task teams - which will consist of both local and national members - would be established in the two provinces to rebuild the party's structures.

The two provinces are also expected to hold their elective conferences within 90 days. The party has also called on Eastern Cape, another strife-torn province, to hold an early elective conference.

The task teams are expected to be operational within 14 days.

Mantashe also announced that the ANC would conduct an audit of all municipalities as well as a record of service.

Also to be audited is the performance of councillors and municipalities to assess and improve their capacity for service delivery.

This is in response to the recent outbreak of service delivery protests.

Mantashe said ANC research showed that seven out of 12 protests "were genuine delivery protests", while the rest were linked to infighting and a revolt against certain leaders.


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