- Former Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool will lead the ANC’s 2019 election campaign in the Western Cape
- ANC election head Fikile Mbalula believes the ANC can retake the Western Cape during the next election due to the DA imploding in the province
- The ANC will focus on regaining the votes of coloured and black people in the province
The African National Congress (ANC) has set itself the lofty goal of unseating the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Western Cape during the 2019 general election. To this end, the ANC has announced former premier Ebrahim Rasool would lead the 2019 provincial election campaign.
ANC election head, Fikile Mbalula, made the announcement on Monday. Mbalula said as the Western Cape’s most successful premier Rasool needed no introduction.
Mbalula said: "Under premier Rasool, the poor came first, tangible improvements in people's lives were evident, government was not just focused on smoke and mirrors then, but real changes."
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mbalula said the people of the Western Cape were right when they said the ANC had not heard them or attended to their problems, but he noted the ANC had changed and was ready to lead the people.
"We cannot abandon our people in the face of such difficulties that have visited them. Transformation of the economy and workplace remain at the bottom in the Western Cape. Coloureds and Africans, in particular, remain at the periphery of the economy," he said.
The ANC believes it has a real chance at wresting power from the DA during the 2019 election because the provincial ruling party was imploding.
Mbalula says the current infighting in the City of Cape Town council was proof of this and even more disturbing was taking valuable resources away from the poorest people in the province.
He also noted that the DA had a history of misallocating funds meant for the poor into the rich areas. Mbalula said this would form the basis of the ANC’s 2019 campaign.
"We want to see coloureds and Africans taking centre stage in the economic transformation of this province," he said. "They must feel like a part of this province and not mere labourers," he said.
Mbalula said the campaign would be about more than just political power and was about saving the people of the province from the pits of a socio-economic catastrophe which pitted races against each other.
Rasool was appointed unanimously by the ANC’s provincial executive committee and would focus on the new ANC theme of unity and renewal.
Rasool said he believed now was the right time for the ANC to retake control of the province. He said the ANC did not want to win power, but the trust of people.
Rasool’s position does not make him the ANC’s candidate for premier, the party is yet to choose a candidate for the position.
Mbalula warned the DA not to throw away Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille and said the ANC would be more than happy to welcome her if she ever decided to leave or was expelled from the DA.
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