President Jacob Zuma will still lead the ANC’s municipal election campaign this year, despite the party being torn by calls for his resignation.
ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize told The Citizen that although the national executive of the party was still in negotiations with stakeholders who want Zuma out, he believed there was no reason to change tack in the party’s bid to win support in this year’s elections.
Calls for Zuma to resign have been mounting since the Constitutional Court’s judgment regarding upgrades to his Nkandla home.
But the ANC’s NEC is still confident that its campaign won’t suffer from the nationwide backlash. “Nothing changed in our programme, we still want to use the same strategy led by the president,” said Mkhize.
Part of the ANC’s top six, Mkhize was on the campaign trail in the North West, performing door-to-door campaigning in the province’s poorest areas.
Asked if the turmoil around the party’s leadership had affected their campaign so far, Mkhize said: “We have not done any research on that matter … we are still engaging a lot of stakeholders. “Right now, we think it’s an open discussion and those stakeholders who have raised concernsare in the process of engaging with the ANC.”
Parties were out in full force this weekend, campaigning as the last voter registration operation was under way. Mkhize was in Kagisanong View, in the Madibeng municipality yesterday, where more than 6 000 households were left in limbo after traditional authorities threatened the entire community with eviction after it emerged that houses were built there illegally over six years ago.
But community members believe supporting the ANC is the only way to keep their homes and access basic services. Ado Moloyane, 46, a resident of the area and a staunch ANC supporter, said her only concern was service delivery.
Despite this, she said the ANC still had a good support base and should win most of the wards in the region. Mkhize added that while he was not worried about loss of support in North West, he was aware the area was hotly contested. – firstname.lastname@example.org