Nelson Mandela Bay will remain ANC-led after 2016 Elections

OCTOBER 28, 2015

The African National Congress (ANC) is confident that it will retain the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro in the upcoming 2016 Local Government Elections despite the opposition making inroads into its traditional strongholds.

In August, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) snatched the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's Ward 30 from the ANC following a highly-contested by-election.

The UDM win reduced the ANC's majority in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Council to 62 out of 120.

In the 2014 General Elections, the ANC received 48% of the vote in Nelson Mandela Bay while the DA received 42% of the vote.

On Monday, President Jacob Zuma, and the ANC's top brass rounded up all party branches to prepare for a regional conference in December as well as to to craft a battle plan for the 2016 polls.

"If our assessment is that branches’ are not ready then we would have to wait it out but obviously it would have to be in consultation with the province naturally.

"No one is going to make decisiona on the issue, Nelson Mandela is important, we are not going to give it over to the DA [Democratic Alliance]," ANC Deputy Secretary General, Jessie Duarte, told the SABC.

Last December, the ANC disbanded its regional structure over fiece infighting and factionalism.

The ANC also met religious and business leaders to hear their concerns and to improve its image.

President Zuma also embarked on a door-to-door campaign in one of the Metro's townships.

 

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