S.African party, trade union urges supporters to vote for ruling ANC

The South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of the South African Trade Unions (COSATU) on Sunday called on their members to vote for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in the upcoming local government elections.

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The SACP and COSATU, two coalition partners with the ANC, made the appeal as electioneering was gaining momentum across the country, amid growing competition from opposition parties, particularly the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

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Even if SACP members are not happy with some issues in the ANC, they have to vote for the party and then try to change that internally, SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande told a gathering of SACP members in Johannesburg.

SACP members came from various parts of the country to listen to Nzimande’s address.

“Lets go out and vote for the ANC overwhelmingly. We are not blind that we are not happy with some issues in the ANC, but let us vote for the ANC and then after elections we will discuss to solve those problems,” Nzimande said.

“You do not invite your enemy to your house to solve your problems, so our candidate in the coming elections are the ANC,” Nzimande added.

He said the SACP is not fielding any candidate in the local government elections but will vote for the ANC.

The SACP general secretary said they are still debating whether to field any candidate in future elections.

He also urged SACP members to campaign for the ANC in their respective areas in addition to voting for the ANC.

Meanwhile, COSATU President Sdumo Dlamini, encouraged COSATU supporters to cast their votes for the ANC.

Dlamini told a gathering of COSATU supporters in Johannesburg that a lot has been done by the ANC-led government.

More and more people in the country, he said, have access to clean and running water, electricity and roads.

The lives of the South African people continues to be improved under the ANC government, he said.

Dlamini said, “Yesterday is not better than today and tomorrow will be better (than today). Let us go and vote for the ANC. Whether you feel that a candidate has been imposed or not, just vote for the ANC, then we will talk later. Let us go and campaign for the ANC. I know here I am talking to the converted, go out and talk to those who are still confused and encouraged them to vote for the ANC.”

Dlamini said even those who were wishing to contest the elections and did not make it should vote for the ANC councilors and mayors.

He said even those who feel betrayed when their candidate was not nominated should not vote for the opposition or not to vote.

He said, “Go and engage others and vote for the ANC. There is not better life with the DA. Our future is safe in the hands of the ANC. We have to ensure that the ANC wins these elections. Do not sit at home because you feel betrayed that the candidate of your choice was not nominated. Go and vote for the ANC as a party.”

He also said the ANC has to win the local elections so that they complete their task of improving the lives of South Africans.

On Saturday the SACP launched a door-to-door campaign in Pretoria, encouraging people to vote for the ANC.

The local government elections will be held on August 3 this year, in which municipality councilors and mayors will be elected.

The elections come as the government under the ANC facing a series of challenges, including the Nkandla scandal in which President Jacob Zuma is accused of abusing public funds in security upgrades at his private home and the “state capture” by the Indian Gupta family which allegedly keeps close ties with Zuma and the ANC.

The ANC is facing the most fierce competition from the opposition parties since the end of apartheid in 1994.

The DA and EFF have vowed to take over major municipalities like Johannesburg, Pretoria and Nelson Mandela Bay municipality from the ANC. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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