GP ANC unfazed by DA's expensive election campaign

Paul Mashatile says their presence in traditional strongholds has already given them the upper hand.

ANC senior leaders joined the party's Paul Mashatile on stage ahead of the conference in Gauteng on 3 October 2014. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng says it is unfazed by the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s heavy cash injection into its election campaign.

During the 7 May polls it was widely reported the DA spent up to R100 million on its campaign in Gauteng in a bid to win control from the ANC.

The ruling party lost considerable support after the general elections.

But newly elected Gauteng chair Paul Mashatile says their overwhelming presence in traditional strongholds has already given the party the upper hand.

"We have formidable structures and we can ensure direct voter contact. We may not have the kind of money the DA has but they will not defeat us because we live amongst the masses of our people."

Meanwhile, the ANC congratulated Mashatile on his re-election at the party's 12th provincial conference in Centurion.

The re-elected chair and his executive running the province have been re-elected uncontested.

Delegates voted Mashatile back into the top position on Friday night.

The province's chairperson has been elected to lead the ANC in Gauteng over the next four years and will be at the helm of its election strategy in 2016.