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ANC Nelson Mandela Bay brings in Mbalula and Magashule to lead elections rally

By Afikile Lugunya - Nov 9, 2018
ANC Nelson Mandela Bay brings in Mbalula and Magashule to lead elections rally

The African National Congress (ANC) in Nelson Mandela Bay is bringing in former Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula, who is now the party’s elections chief, and former Free State Premier, Ace Magashule, who is now the party’s Secretary-General, to lead a campaign to woo voters ahead of the 2019 national and provincial elections.

Mbalula and Magashule will be the keynote speakers at the ANC election rally they will be held at Gavandale stadium, in Gelvandale, Port Elizabeth, on Sunday.

"We will be launching the "Thuma Mina” campaign to the next level.

“The Organization together with its partners and leagues has decided to hold a rally to launch its volunteer brigade and will also welcome new members coming from the Democratic Alliance (DA)," NMB regional secretary, Themba Xathula, described.

ANC Nelson Mandela Bay facing challenges

Until August this year, the ANC in the Bay was in opposition after being defeated by the DA at the 2016 Local Government Elections. It only got back into power after supporting a United Democratic Movement (UDM) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) bid for the removal of the DA’s Athol Trollip as Executive Mayor. The UDM and EFF did need the ANC's numbers.

However, in October, the ANC in the Eastern Cape announced that it was disbanding the Nelson Mandela Bay Regional Executive Committee (REC) and replacing it with a Task Team.

The Nelson Mandela Bay REC has since appealed that decision, which brought it at odds with its provincial leadership.

Xathula highlighted that they are aware of the challenges facing the ANC in the Nelson Mandela Bay region and the country.

"We are however committed not to be swayed or defocused from the agenda to defeat White Monopoly Capital and all other tendencies that seek to derail us from achieving this task.

"We are also forging ahead establishment of different detachments to ensure that we win the elections next year," he added.

Taking the rally to the poor

Taking the rally to where they received lowest votes in the past meant bring the senior leaders of the ANC.

"We bringing senior leaders to galvanise our people to reject all other racist and race-orientated organization and support ANC in the next coming elections.

"We also want to demonstrate our commitment as the elected ANC REC, to the advancement of the struggle for social justice, ending of poverty and creation of jobs,"Xathula said

They urged people of the Nelson Mandela Metro to come to the rally and experience the" new dawn" as led by the Regional collective that was elected in ETC, March 2017.

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