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ANC to sort out NW leadership

ANC plans to fix its problems in the Eastern Cape and the Tlokwe Local Municipality in 2013.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe at a post-NEC briefing on 21 May, 2012. Picture: Tshepo Lesole/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe at the weekend said the ANC was going to fix its problems in the Eastern Cape and the Tlokwe Local Municipality around Potchefstroom as a matter of urgency.

Last year, divisions in the North West ANC led to the election of a Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor as mayor in Tlokwe.

Eyewitness News spoke to Mantashe on the sidelines of the ANC's January 8 Statement event in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

When asked what the ANC needed to do in 2013, Mantashe immediately pointed to what appeared to be a politically embarrassing situation in Tlokwe.

"In Potchefstroom, where the ANC has 11 councillors and is in the majority, but there is a DA councillor who is the Mayor.

It can’t continue, it just can’t continue.”

Mantashe was also asked what would be different about South Africa in a years’ time.

"By this time next year, we will be smelling the general elections and everybody will be mad this time next year."

While Mantashe said he wanted to focus on the implementation of policy in 2013, he did not give hard and fast dates for when that would happen.

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