Ehrenreich officially announced as CT mayoral candidate

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)’s Western Cape Secretary-General, Tony Ehrenreich,...

Cosatu's Western Cape Secretary Tony Ehrenreich. Picture: Malungelo Booi/Eyewitness News

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu)’s Western Cape Secretary-General, Tony Ehrenreich, was officially announced as the ANC’s mayoral candidate for Cape Town on Wednesday.

Ehrenreich smiled as ANC provincial chairperson Marius Fransman made the announcement at a packed hall in Delft.

He will carry the party’s hopes in the hotly contested mayoral race in the 18 May elections.

His rival candidates include the Democratic Alliance’s Patricia de Lille. Her party came in for a roasting from Fransman, who claimed the DA was driving racial divisions in the city.

Excited party members did not shy away from singing the controversial ’Shoot the Boer’ song, which is currently the subject of a court case involving ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema.

Ehrenreich unveiled promised to breach what he calls "a widening racial divide" between city residents.

He intends establishing integrated communities

across the Mother City. Ehrenreich said this will be done by building

low-cost homes in predominantly white and affluent areas like Constantia.

He also said residents will not have their water cut off because they fail to pay for services.

The Cosatu Secretary-General said when the ANC regains control of the

city the council will be forced to support local factories in order to

create more job opportunities.