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Mbete: Electioneering helped ANC reconnect with supporters

Baleka Mbete says the ANC will not pay attention to the opposition parties who continue to bash it.

ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbete campaigning in Soweto. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) national chairperson Baleka Mbete says the local government elections have helped the party to reconnect with its supporters.

Mbete spent yesterday campaigning in Soweto.

She says the ANC will not pay attention to the opposition parties who continue to bash the ruling party.

"We hear the opposition always talking about the ANC this and the ANC that. But with us it is the people, their issues and how the ANC is to continue delivering on its promises and mandate that it gets election after election."

Mbete says that based on the feedback from community members, the ANC will go back to the drawing board and create programmes to better address their concerns.

#MbeteInSoweto Mbete: We have been here for more than 2months and we are better updated in terms of the issues. MK pic.twitter.com/CAu26B6x6g



#MbeteInSoweto Mbete: We have listened to people we see what the problem is and will address. MK pic.twitter.com/57zVGgSx43



RACE BATTLE

The Democratic Alliance (DA) mayoral candidate for the Nelson Mandela Bay metro Athol Trollip says the ANC is only using race as a campaigning tool because it simply can't understand why black people are voting for the DA.

He's slammed comments by President Jacob Zuma claiming the DA is the party of the oppressor.

Trollip says this is why black people should vote for a white man like him.

"That's the question the ANC keeps asking itself: why more and more black people keep voting for the DA? That's why the ANC is obsessed with the DA, that's why Jacob Zuma is obsessed with race and that's why the ANC has made race the centre of this election."

He says the ANC has no other option.

"The NAC now calls those people 'black boere'. That is the ultimate form of racism when black people call other black people 'black boere'."

But the ANC says voting for the DA would be like voting for the oppressor.

CHARLES STANDERS LEAVES POLITICS

At the same time, George Mayor Charles Standers says he is turning his back on politics.

Standers has accused the DA of ignoring racism and corruption but his party says his departure coincides with an internal investigation against him.

Standers's resignation comes after he questioned an alleged irregular tender.

He's also raised concern over the withdrawal of charges against a DA councillor accused of electricity theft.

The DA has refuted the claims and has asked for Standers to provide proof of his allegations.

DA regional manager Jaco Londt said: "The time is obviously suspicious given the ongoing disciplinary proceedings against him. These proceedings against Stander will continue as far as I know."

Standers has also asked to be removed from the DA's proportional representation for the elections.

He was second on the list.

#CharlesStanders lists reasons for his resignation in a letter addressed to the DA Western Cape leadership. XK pic.twitter.com/v75uqNi1el



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