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ANC Eastern Cape welcomes former DA MPL Nosimo Balindlela

May 16, 2018
ANC Eastern Cape welcomes former DA MPL Nosimo Balindlela

The African National Congress (ANC) on Tuesday welcomed former Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of the Provincial Legislature, Nosimo Balindlela.

"The ANC welcomes back Cde Nosimo Balindlela who realised that her trust in the DA was misplaced and that the ANC was her only political home," said Judy Mpetsheni, ANC Eastern Cape Media & Liaison Officer.

"After considering the future of this country,Cde Balindlela felt that she could no longer effectively contribute in building this country unless she joined a party that was going to help the country achieve its potential."

Mpetsheni said that Balindlela, thus, decided to re-commit herself to assist the ANC in its tireless efforts to move South Africa forward.

"As the ANC, we support the commitment by the ANC leadership to take Cde Balindlela through the constitution of our party, particularly a pledge where she has to commit herself that she is joining the organization without any motive for material gain, but to put her skills and energy at the disposal of the African National Congress."

The DA in the Eastern Cape on Monday said that it notes Balindlela’s decision to rejoin the ANC.

"We respect that she feels the need to serve the ANC, but believe that this is misguided as ANC corruption and maladministration have robbed the poor of billions," said DA Eastern Cape Leader, Nqaba Bhanga.

"We thank her for her participation in the DA’s efforts to build an alternative government in the Eastern Cape and for her kind words of how she has enjoyed her time with us."

Bhanga said that the DA’s values of freedom, fairness opportunity and diversity represent the future upon, which South Africa will be built.

"We are determined to bring about the kind of change that this province needs - zero tolerance for corruption, good governance and job creating economic growth."

In July 2008, Balindlela resigned from her position as Eastern Cape Premier after apparent pressure from the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ANC and also subsequently resigned from "active" politics.

She still remained an active ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) member. 

In November 2008, she resigned from the ANC to join the Congress of the People (COPE).

Four years later, in November 2012, she announced that she had joined the DA and became member of parliament for the DA in May 2014.

She served as the DA's Shadow Minister of Water and Sanitation until November 2016, when she transferred to the Eastern Cape Legislature where she was serving as as a DA member in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature.

Balindlela was the DA's Eastern Cape Shadow MEC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture at the time of her resignation.