ANC self-serving and unable to keep promises - Trollip

JULY 27, 2016

Democratic Alliance (DA) Nelson Mandela Bay Mayoral Candidate Athol Trollip on Tuesday took aim at the African National Congress (ANC) for looking after themselves instead of the needs of the country.

Addressing a small crowed at a campaign rally in Walmer Township’s Airport Valley, Trollip accused officials from the ruling party of being “self-serving” and making promises they cannot keep.

“A true leader always thinks of his people first. [Late former President Nelson] Mandela sacrificed his freedom and went to prison for 27 years for us to have a better life. The only thing [President Jacob] Zuma has done to spend R246-million building his house at Nkandla… Mandela would have never done that… he was an honest man,” Trollip said in isiXhosa.

Comparing Zuma’s leadership with that of Mandela, Trollip said the ruling party has dramatically changed over the last few years, and that he has become “fed-up” with the reporting of one scandal after another.   

He stated that the ANC have forgotten the values and principles he stood, instead using his name for campaign purposes only.

“They’ll be encouraging people to go and vote for Mandela… meanwhile they have totally forgotten about him and his ethics. They continually being corrupt and spending money,” he said.

He added that the party are more than ready to bring change if elected in next week’s local government elections.

“We not are promising heaven on earth. We not going to fix everything overnight, but given a chance to lead we can do more for the people and change lives,” he said.