“We are now in top gear,” provincial ANC chairperson Senzo Mchunu said.
He was addressing scores of ANC supporters at the party’s provincial headquarters in Durban where the ruling party launched its” final push” before the general elections.
Flanked by members of the provincial executive committee, Mchunu said attempts by opposition parties to use Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead as a tool to garner votes ahead of the polls, would not derail the ruling party’s drive to achieve a two-thirds majority in the province.
“Except the media, no one is listening to them. People on the ground want houses, jobs and access to education – things which they know can only be delivered by the ANC,” he said.
“If they think what they say will affect our campaign they can forget it – the ANC in KZN is marching forward, report or no report,” he said.
Mchunu, who is also the provincial premier, also used the occasion to send out a stern warning to those currently perpetuating political violence in the province.
“There are a few individuals in the province who want to take us back to the dark days of political violence. We will do everything in our power to ensure that those involved in violence are put behind bars,” he said.
Mchunu was quick to make a distinction between current incidents of violence and the pre-1994 political violence that is estimated to have claimed 20 000 lives in the province.
“What we see now is not political violence as such, but criminal elements trying to take advantage of the sometimes tense political environment in the province,” he said.
However, Mchunu did concede recent killings in the notorious KwaMashu hostel, if not stopped, had the potential of turning into full-blown political violence.
Responding to allegations that a powerful block within the ANC in the province wanted him ousted after the general elections, Mchunu said those who are busy discussing issues of leadership post elections were not committed to the ANC.
“Each and every single member of the ANC is currently preoccupied with campaigning.
“I do not think there is any loyal member of the ANC who has the time to discuss those kinds of things.
“I would be surprised if there were members engaged in that kind of talk,” he said.