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DA says ANC mayoral candidate list represents more corruption

After a special sitting last night, the ANC National Executive Committee announced its candidates.

Patricia de Lille (L), Mmusi Maimane (C) and Phumzile van Damme (R) walk through the streets of Bishop Lavis. Picture: Democratic Alliance ‏@Our_DA.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has labelled the African National Congress (ANC)'s mayoral candidates for the upcoming local government elections as something that represents more corruption, the deterioration of service delivery for the poor and a higher unemployment rate.

After a special sitting last night, the ANC National Executive Committee announced its candidates, excluding representatives for the Northern Cape and Tshwane.

Current Tshwane Mayor Kgosientsho Ramokgopa will only find out later today with the NEC sending a delegation to the capital to meet with its branches to reach an agreement over who should represent it there.

Current Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Mzwandile Masina, is the ANC's mayoral candidate for the City of Ekurhuleni.

Joburg Mayor Parks Tau might keep his job if the people living in the city vote for him.

The DA's Phumzile van Damme said, "The mayoral candidates announced by the ANC late last night are really more of the same. It's more corruption, deterioration of service delivery for the poor and higher unemployment.

"The ANC has proven that it's simply can't bring the change that South Africa needs."

ANC TO MEET TSHWANE STRUCTURES

Meanwhile, Ramagopa's name could possibly appear on the new list.

According to Secretary General Gwede Mantashe there are two possible candidates for the role.

Mantashe said the provincial leadership was not satisfied with the three candidates submitted by the regions but submitted them to the NEC nonetheless.

"But before we announce that proposal, we've mandated a delegation of the NEC to go to Tshwane, meet the branches of the ANC, and meet the AEC, after that exercise a mayoral candidate for Tshwane will be announced."

Mantashe said there was a lot of heated debate during the special NEC meeting to select candidates before agreeing on the final list.

MANTASHE CALLS ON STRATEGIC CENTRES

The ANC said it will fiercely contest the da-lead Midvaal municipality in the upcoming local government elections but has not identified the region as part of its strategic municipalities.

Mantashe has called strategic centers, which he said the party will be focusing on during election campaigning.

He said the ANC will definitely campaign in Midvaal to take back the municipality from the opposition.

Midvaal is important for us because we must contest it seriously. Our mayoral candidate there is Tefo Molakeng."

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