The ANC can still win Cape Town from the DA, president Jacob Zuma said on Monday.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said last week that Cape Town was out of reach for the ANC, but Zuma said the party stood a chance of snatching the city from the DA.
Motlanthe’s spokesman, Thabo Masebe, said on Monday the deputy president’s comments were meant to motivate ANC members to work harder to win the city.
In an exclusive interview, Zuma was optimistic about winning Cape Town, saying the ANC was “pulling out all stops in that city”.
Zuma acknowledged that the municipal billing crisis in Johannesburg created “the impression” that DA-controlled Cape Town was run better than the ANC’s Johannesburg.
But he repeated his comrades’ comments that the DA’s services delivery in Cape Town was discriminatory.
“I don’t think it is correct that the DA has run the Western Cape better … People were on protest (against) funny toilets … You are in Mitchell’s Plain, you are in Gugulethu, you are in a different world … You are in Rondebosch, you are in another world,” Zuma said.
The DA’s Cape Town mayoral candidate Patricia De Lille on Monday said the party’s objective was “to win the City of Cape Town with an outright majority” and that the city’s service delivery track record “has been supported by various independent sources”.
Idasa’s Judith February said a great deal of damage had been done by ANC “factionalism” in the Western Cape.
“The DA has worked hard to consolidate the coloured working class and suburban CT vote. Despite Cape Town’s changing demographics and the botched service delivery in the ‘toilet saga’ … it remains highly unlikely that the ANC will win Cape Town … though putting Tony Ehrenreich up as a mayoral candidate means the DA cannot take anything for granted,” she said.
On the choice of candidates, Zuma said some ANC members did not accept the outcomes of the party’s “community-driven” list process to choose councillor candidates, but played down any crisis within the organisation.
There have been protests, some violent, by ANC members who claimed the party imposed candidates on them. As a result, some have registered as independent candidates.
On allegations against Co-operative Governance Minister Sicelo Shiceka, Zuma said there “are enough reasons” to take action. He said the allegations of abuse of office and misappropriation of taxpayers’ money against Shiceka were “too serious” but he wanted to give Shiceka the benefit of the doubt and a chance to state his side of the story.
But, he said “there will be no hesitation if these things that are being said are true - absolutely no hesitation, I said so before. There are enough reasons for action to be taken. There is going to be action … and we are not going to take long even to investigate because these are too serious allegations made against the minister.”
The Sunday Times reported that Shiceka had spent R335 000 on a trip to Switzerland to visit his girlfriend who had been detained for drug smuggling; R640 000 in a year to stay at the One&Only Hotel, and R160 000 in eight months flying his family round the country.
He is also accused of using municipal resources to build his mother’s house in Ingquza Hill in the Eastern Cape.
The joint chairmen of Parliament’s ethics committee have asked the public protector to investigate.
Shiceka could not be reached for comment on Monday.
Zuma also played down an alleged plot to oust him contained in a document linked to crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli. Mdluli and others face a murder charge.
Zuma said there was nothing wrong with ANC leaders lobbying for the presidency of the party as long as state institutions were not abused to advance partisan objectives.
The report alleged certain ANC leaders were plotting with Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale to oust Zuma at the ANC conference next year.
“I’d get worried if … state institutions are used to further that kind of ambition, that’s a problem… you cannot use state machinery to further political ends or objectives,” Zuma said.
The document created the impression Mdluli was loyal to Zuma during his 2007 power struggle with Thabo Mbeki.
Zuma condemned intelligence bosses’ involvement in partisan politics. “The intelligence community is there to protect the country, not to be involved in political plots. But equally those who have political ambitions should not use wrong methods that are picked up by the intelligence as undermining the state,” he said, adding that he never spoke to Mdluli about party politics.
He condemned the use of money to buy votes.
“You can’t have a president who has bought his way up to become the president. The ANC cannot have a president whose price is so much. The president of the ANC must be elected by members,” he said. - Cape Times
I amaze myself at how people are blinded even when faced with outright facts. The level of corruption and non service delivery is beyond ridiculous! How does a man get away with all these actions and now vote time all of the sudden you will take him to task.........did you have no interest before then. This was done over a good period of time and the Zuma and all his wisemen did not bother, as everyone is more interested in robbing the state coffers! The fallen leaders did not stand for this type of governance, yet they are being used to get sympathy votes!!! Fact of the matter is that the DA has done their job in the Cape.
President Zuma,you must be joking.You and your relentless cronies are grasping at straw in the ocean.
I will gladly vote DA. No ways am I going to give this province to the ANC willingly. I agree with Jack. All I need to do is look at the other provinces and see that DA is my best bet. Cape Town is fine the way it is. Also, the whole "toilet saga" has run it's course. You don't see DA supporters still rambling about Zumas alleged corruption. Try another excuse.
There is a huge difference between poverty and wealth in conditions at Diepsloot as opposed to Houghton, Tembisa and Bedfordview, Atterdigeville and Waterkloof, and these are all in Gauteng, the centre of the ANC stronghold. This smacks of 'logs' and 'splinters'
Et tu brute my fellow South African I have to disagree with you. We have reality hitting us in the face throughout the country. I'm Black but I certainly will not be voting for the ANC. The volume of service delivery riots are a stark reality. Our people are even being killed just for asking for what they were promised many years ago AFTER voting for the ANC. The scandals are all over. Look at whats going on in the ECape. Shiceka does'nt care if his own people drink mud for water. I know that area very well, poverty is the norm there. If you go there you'll swear they have been forgotten. So why vote for the ANC? I know what is was like in the apartheid days. We all hoped by voting for the ANC then that our plight would be solved. I think it was just a matter of time. Sad that uTata is no longer in politics...its free for all now and to hell with the poor.
One trip to Libya and he starts thinking like Gadaffi!
ANC can still win the cape? I think someone should show this fool the article on the home page regarding the state of Johannesburg... If the ANC wins the Cape (HIGHLY unlikely) i will pack my bags and leave this forsaken place...SERIAAAAS!
ET TU BRUTE, maybe u should get youre facts together,44 years of suppression, you think its only blacks in SA that suffer, that nothing compare to what happen to rest of the world, for example hitler was responsible for the death of many jews, some today are still recovery , back in history entire Egyptians nation was wiped out,( that is call humantiy) ANC went hiding overseas instead on fighting their battles.
All they have is "the toilet saga". It only became a saga when the ANCYL stepped in and caused a small number of people to rip their own toilets down. Then when people were stranded with no toilets, did the ANCYL step up and provide what they had just destroyed? Nope. They stood back and pointed fingers at the DA.
we dont need zuma, and we dont want zuma here along side his prodical son julius malema stay there where you can fool people.
God be with Cape Town and it's citizens should the ANC win. Does this country need another Eastern Cape filled with poverty, no running water, roads that are non existant and lack of electricity. If our dear Mr Zuma stuck to his promise of housing and running water for all, the unfortunately incident with the protester being killed by policemen would not have happened.
why do they want the mother city so badly, DA rules here and will always rule, ? is why do they want the cape so badly is it for our beaches and glamarous life, or is it the start to the next war in SA
Mike Botha, wrote
Dear Mr President, so you are in the country for a change. I noticed like our Deputy President, you seem to be completely out of touch with reality. WHY, I ask you would any right minded citizen living in the Western Cape vote for the ANC. Are you guys for real, scandal after scandal breaks within the ANC ranks and the only time you are in the country is to pick up a different spouse for the next international trip. You have been silent on the Manyi saga, the Cele lease agreement, the allegations on Siceka embezzelment of taxpayers money. Need I go on, enjoy your next overseas trip.
TRUTH is Mr Pres, the VAST majority have lost faith in the ANC'S ability to run the country; and then we won't even mention Jimmy, Trevor and the continual infighting. Not to mention your disgustingly crude, misbehaved Youth League. ANC could be in for a surprise.
Winning the WC should be the last of your worries Mr. PREZ. Focus on the 8 that you do have and try to fix those first. I live in the Eastern Cape where service delivery is at an all time low in many municipalities. Where the corruption, mal-administration, nepotism, incompetency and lack of capacity in both municipalities and provincial structures are at an all time high. Mr. Zuma, you have set the precedent. Why are all these political appointees not brought to book, or fired and criminal charges laid against them? The ambition of the ANC, of winning the WC will remain a pipe-dream until you can prove to all SAns that the ANC can indeed govern and can create an environment conducive to unifying all SAns. For the last few years the ANC has managed to alienate the rainbow nation, now that it is election time, you speak with forked-tongue. However, if you could become president, anything is possible, even winning the Western Cape.
I’m sure I wouldn’t be a problem with the ANC as long your dream country will be in Europe. You can forget about the Western Cape being independent. South Africa is for all South Africans (Coloured, Black, White, Indian) you stupid A$$...H@l. You do not even have the decency to invite to your white only dream country your fellow beautiful coloured, Indian and Chinese South Africans. In this dream country of yours will you invite Black DA supporters?
So twenty people were told they would get "open toilets" which they agreed to enclose themselves! So what Zuma, thats all you've got... Thats not enought Zuma... Rather keep your mouth shut and let people think your an idiot, than open it, and confirm what everyone is thinking..!
Ya right, and the ANC can also win Orania........
Come now bra zuma all our brothers and sisters ran to cape town for a better live away from the ANC run Eastern Cape because you delivered nothing there not even a toilet at least here they got toilets. If you should take over cape town by some crooked means where will they run to this time. So please do all of us a favour be happy with what you get in this election. Cape Town is not going to one of them. Trust me on that I don't want to hear from your ANC mayor's what alot of drunkards coloured people are. It seem the only way you know how to uplift the black people is by stomping down on the other races. To top it all you hired a Zimbabwen to advice ANC Mayor Nomaindia about the cape coloured culture. how stupid can you be. So if you don't want to be chucked out of cape town just take confused Tony with you and stay the hell away. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. i WOULD RATHER TAKE THE DA'S CRAP DELIVERY THEN YOUR BEST PROMISED ONE. As an EX ANC supporter I am sick and tired of you bull.Go and blow bubbles elswere.
LOL - like in your dreams Mr President!