The ruling party is on a mission to win the Western Cape back and isn't willing to join forces with the Economic Freedom Fighters to do it. The ANC has instead bolstered campaign efforts in the region, hoping to reclaim the province from the Democratic Alliance.
The African National Congress wants the Western Cape back, but isn't willing to form a coalition with the EFF to achieve this.
This comes as ANC Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte and election co-ordinator Ebrahim Rasool lay out the party's plan to reclaim the DA-led province, reports News24:
"The last 10 days before election day is going to be a massive super human attempt to move us towards that magical 51%. I think it's asking for a literally super-human effort but we have full support from national leadership and we have provincial leaders out on the ground camping in certain key areas to make it happen."
Rasool, who had been the province's premier before the opposition party had taken over, commented on the DA using a possible coalition with the EFF as a tactic to sway voters, noting the irony in the move:
"If you're alleging on a poster or radio advertisements about an ANC-EFF coalition, that's dangerous for the Western Cape. First break your coalition with the EFF in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay (municipalities)… you cannot say, beware of the ANC-EFF alliance and maintain your alliance in Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay."
Nevertheless, Rasool feels that the ANC's Western Cape campaign effort had been 'successful', highlighting a reluctance to move away from their 'winning formula'.
The former premier says that they had opted to approaching communities with numerous supporters as opposed to filling stadiums to give speeches.
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