Cachalia: ANC has exploited the history of the country

The DA's Ekurhuleni mayoral candidate says the ANC has exploited the history of SA to cover up its failures.

The DA in Gauteng has announced Ghaleb Cachalia, son of struggle stalwarts Amina and Yusuf Cachalia, as it's mayoral candidate in Ekurhuleni. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The son of struggle icons Amina and Yusuf Cachalia, Ghaleb, says the African National Congress (ANC) has exploited the history of the country to cover up its failures to provide basic services and it's time for change.

Cachalia has accepted the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s nomination to run as Ekurhuleni mayor in this year's local elections.

His grandparents campaigned with Mahatma Ghandi while his parents worked alongside former President Nelson Mandela and the ANC to end apartheid.

Cachalia says he is disillusioned by the ANC, adding the party has used the apartheid legacy to cover up the failure to provide services.

"We have watched our painful history being used as a tool to divide South Africans to cover up for the failures of government."

He says while he believed the ANC would forge a new country based on human dignity and equality, the country is now the second most unequal nation in the world.

"We have seen a corrupt elite group use the power of state to benefit only themselves and their families."

He says his vision for Ekurhuleni is for transparent, accountable services and to lead a local government that works for the people.

Cachalia is confident he will win in this year's election in Ekurhuleni and his first task will be to improve service delivery.


The DA mayoral candidate says he is ready to work with a coalition of all those willing to take on President Jacob Zuma and the ruling party.

He has joined the children of ANC stalwarts who recently called on Zuma to resign after the Constitutional Court found that he'd failed to uphold, defend and respect the Constitution in the Nkandla saga.

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Cachalia says he hopes to work with those, who like him, feel betrayed by the ANC despite being raised on the values of the movement.

"It was the movement that led us to believe that we could achieve greatness, it gave us all hope and it gave me hope."