Ses’khona won't endorse ANC in upcoming elections

Leaders are up in arms over the exclusion of at least 3 of their own from the ANC’s list of ward candidates.

FILE: Ses'Khona Leaders Loyiso Nkohla (L) and Andile Lili address their supporters outside of Bellville Magistrates Court. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Ses'khona People's Rights Movement has decided to withdraw support for the ANC in the upcoming local government elections.

The group, which has its support base in Cape Town's informal settlements, will not campaign for the ANC in the metro.

Ses'khona claims to have more than 100,000 members.

The movement's leaders are up in arms over the exclusion of at least three of their own from the ANC's list of candidates for the municipal elections.

Names were submitted by parties to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) last week.

Ses'khona leaders met behind closed doors yesterday to discuss their next move.

Founding member, Andile Lili, says they've agreed not to endorse the ANC ahead of the August polls.

"We cannot call on the people to vote for the ANC like we did before."

Lili, who is a member of the ANC's provincial leadership, says Ses'khona will focus on fighting for the needs of the poor, instead of backing any political party.