The entire National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC) is heading towards the Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape this weekend ahead of the final push towards winning the metro in this highly contested race.
The party’s National Chairperson Baleka Mbete, NEC members Fikile Mbalula and Zizi Kodwa are all in the Bay ahead of the Siyanqoba Rally on Saturday in which President Jacob Zuma will address supporters.
A sprint finish for ANC campaigning in the Bay in the past weeks a large number of the party’s heavyweights have spent their weekends here drumming up support.
ANC national chairperson, Baleka Mbete took her party’s election campaign to Kwazakhele.
“We are always confident as we interact with our people in spite of everything our people love the ANC. Our people have confidence in the ANC. They know that they can trust the ANC to continue to attempt to address their problems even before the elections never mind if they give us the mandate and we take this metro. Then we continue with our programme which is there and is known that the ANC will implement,” says Mbete.
Fikile Mbalula has also been in campaigning in the metro for the past few weeks.
The ANC also took a swipe at mayoral candidate Athol Trollip during a press conference where eight of his former farm workers are accusing him of racism.
“We used to work at a very young age of seven years old; our parents were ill-treated and shouted at. We had no toilets and no running water,” says former farm worker Richmond Ngalo.
The Human Rights Commission has refused to investigate allegations claiming they took place between the 1970’s and early 2000 before the inception of the Commission.
The ANC has submitted an appeal to the Commission on behalf of the farm workers. They deny they are using the farm workers for electioneering.
“Even it is was an election today, tomorrow or yesterday, we cannot be silent as a party because we know this history others may want to use it as mileage but for us its real history of black people, there could be many other Trollips who are still exploiting farm workers, we must use this experience to make sure this never happens again,” says ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa.
Trollip has denied the allegations, saying he would welcome an investigation to clear his name.