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WC structural issues within ANC won't affect local elections - Mbete

Mbete said the party’s top six will head to Cape Town this week to address leadership issues in the province.

Baleka Mbete addresses a gathering of ANC supporters at the 104 birthday rally in Grabouw. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN
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CAPE TOWN – The African National Congress (ANC) national chairperson Baleka Mbete said the leadership issues facing the party’s Western Cape structures will have no impact ahead of the local government elections.

While addressing an ANC birthday rally in Grabouw, Mbete told ANC supporters that the party’s top six will head to Cape Town this week to address leadership issues in the province.

The party used the celebrations to pass on its local government election message.

Western Cape ANC chairperson Marius Fransman has been directed to step aside while the ANC’s integrity commission probes allegations that he sexually assaulted his personal assistant. 

Meanwhile, Provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs faces suspension over an assault charge.

Mbete said the national leadership will sort out all issues.

“But at the provincially executive committee level, indeed the media has been reporting quite wildly about some of the challenges and that’s why the national leadership is coming down to get a direct sense of what are the issues.” 

The party said it’s still focusing on reclaiming areas in the province. It said it wants to use the Overberg district as its springboard.

Last year the party won a by-election in a Democratic Alliance (DA) stronghold in Grabouw.

Grabouw councillor John Michels said people want better service delivery.

“They are not worried about what’s going on in the ANC in the province or in the ANC nationally, they’re looking at what then ANC offer in the local level. Local government is the party nearest the people.”

But Mbete told members they cannot afford to be distracted at this stage as there’s too much work to be done.

“It’s very clear what our mission is in 2016, we can’t be demoralised, there’s too much work to do.”


MBETE ON DA RACISM ATTACK

Mbete said the DA has to purge itself of racists. It comes a week after the party’s youth league recently led an anti-racism march to the DA’s offices in Cape Town.

Mbete used part of her speech, to attack the DA and its leader Mmusi Maimane.

She said the party has a “deeply steeped culture of racism” and Maimane she claims is being used to drive a white agenda.

“The members of the DA are the ones who have illustrated who’s racist and we’re not saying none of our people are racist but it is in the DA that a lot of cleaning up must happen.”

Mbete said it’s the ANC’s duty to lead the discourse on race.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)


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