Ses’khona to meet over future of 500 ANC defectors

Ses’khona co-founder Loyiso Nkohla is among those who have pledged their support for the DA.

FILE: Ses’khona People’s Rights Movement officials, led by Andile Lili. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Ses'khona People's Rights Movement leader Andile Lili says the organisation will be meeting next week to decide the future of 500 African National Congress (ANC) defectors.

Community leader, and Ses'khona co-founder, Loyiso Nkohla is among those who have pledged their support for the Democratic Alliance (DA) ahead of the August polls.

Speaking at a media briefing in Cape Town yesterday, Lili said the organisation was blindsided by the endorsement.

He believes the discord stems from unhappiness over the ANC's candidates lists.

Lili says it's hard to believe Nkohla and several others have defected to the DA, a party they have been at loggerheads with because of service delivery issues in the province.

Nkohla is among the 500 people who have pulled their support for the ANC in the upcoming municipal elections.

However, Nkohla will not be able to officially join the DA due to pending legal woes related to the infamous poo protests in the city.

The group's Ses'khona membership is also in question following yesterday's shock move.

Meanwhile, 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."

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