Seskhona’s Loyiso Nkohla defects to DA ahead of August polls

The movement’s secretary general was among 500 other members to ditch the ANC.

FILE: Loyiso Nkohla outside Belville Magistrates Court. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - In a shock move, Ses'khona People's Movement's Secretary-General Loyiso Nkohla has defected to the Democratic Alliance (DA).

Nkohla was among 500 other Seskhona members who have ditched the African National Congress (ANC) ahead of the August polls.

The group was introduced by Cape Town mayor Patria de Lille at an official endorsement-ceremony in Khayelitsha earlier today.

The DA's Anneke Scheepers says the move will go a long way to improve service delivery.

"This is definitely going to get us closer to getting more community members and broadening our service delivery. Mr Nkohla endorses the DA. He is not taking up membership pending the finalisation of some legal matters."

At the same time, Ses'khona leader Andile Lili says he was blindsided by the decision of some members to back the DA in the local government elections.

Speaking at a press conference in Cape Town today, Lilli warned there will be consequences for the defectors.

The group's membership is in question after declaring their support for the main opposition ahead of the August polls.

As its leader and ANC PEC member, Lili says members cannot be seen to quote "fraternise with the enemy".

"We view the DA as an enemy to the people of Cape Town, and it can never be correct for some of us, particularly those who are leaders of Ses'khona, to associate themselves with the enemy."

The defectors are alleged to have moved over dissatisfaction relating to ANC candidates lists in the Western Cape.

Shocked at what he describes as a "political scandal", Lili says his organisation will convene a series of meetings in the coming days to discuss the way forward.