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Former DA Eastern Cape MPL Nosimo Balindlela formally welcomed back to the ANC

Aug 13, 2018
Former DA Eastern Cape MPL Nosimo Balindlela formally welcomed back to the ANC

Former Democratic Alliance (DA) Eastern Cape Member of the Provincial Legislature, Nosimo Balindlela, was over the weekend formally welcomed back to the African National Congress (ANC) at a ceremony that was held at Mlungisi Community Hall, in Stutterheim.

Balindlela quit the DA in May this year.

A sizeable crowd of ANC supporters, led by ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) member, Mziwonke Ndabeni; ANC Amathole Regional Executive Committee (REC) member, Nokuzola Mlahleki; LET coordinator, Nicholas Monti, and the ANC Women's League spokesperson in the Eastern Cape, Khosi Nonkqayi, was on hand to welcome her back.

Addressing the gathering, Ndabeni said: "As we all know that Cde Balindlela is our former Provincial Premier, we welcome her back home. We trust that she will go through the process of induction. She will join her branch and participate in the life of the ANC."

Departure from the ANC

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.

At the time of her resignation, DA Eastern Cape Leader, Nqaba Bhanga, said "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.

"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."

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