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ANC sets out 5-year plan, vows to hold corrupt officials accountable

The party has promised to hold corrupt officials accountable & to bind councillors to performance agreements.

President Jacob Zuma at the ANC’s election manifesto in Port Elizabeth on 16 April, 2016. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

PORT ELIZABETH - The African National Congress (ANC) has set out its five-year plan to improve municipal services, by promising to hold corrupt officials accountable and to bind councillors to performance agreements.

President Jacob Zuma launched the party's local government election manifesto in Port Elizabeth yesterday, following a week of intense campaigning in the Eastern Cape Metro.

The manifesto highlights the party's successes in delivering basic services such as clean water, electricity and refuse removal since the early 2000's and promises to build on the party's gains.

Councillors are at the coalface of service delivery and bear the brunt of community anger when government fails to deliver.

In response to concerns about the way councillors are picked, the ANC says it's getting communities involved in choosing candidates.

Zuma says once in office, these councillors will be held accountable and will have to maintain a high standard.

"We will ensure that all ANC councillors abide by the ANC's code of conduct."

To fight corruption, officials and their family members will be barred from doing business with the municipality.

Dodgy officials will be held liable for any losses incurred by the municipality due to graft.

WATCH: ANC launches its manifesto

SACP VOWS TO 'KEEP A CLOSE EYE'

The South African Communist Party (SACP) says its structures will ensure ANC ward councillors are held accountable if they fail to provide communities with feedback about service delivery.

The SACP yesterday addressed the crowd at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

It says it will campaign for the ANC to retain control of the metro, and win new wards in other parts of the country.

The party and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) form a crucial part of the ANC's election machinery, and the ruling party has become dependent on its alliance partners to win at the polls.

SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande says ANC ward councillors should remember that the alliance structures will be monitoring their performance.

"We are confident that the ANC councillors will convene meetings and have report backs."

He says their structures are ready to lead the ANC to victory.

"This municipality is a must win. It's belongs to the ANC historically."

Nzimande also says the ANC and its allies should use the election campaign to unite against factionalism and corruption.

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