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MEDIA CONFERENCE ON STATE OF READINESS FOR WEDNESDAY TLOKWE BY-ELECTION
22/02/2015
Dakota Legoete
ANC Tlokwe By-Elections readiness

 

African National Congress in Bokone Bophirima is fully ready for the Wednesday by-elections to be held in seven wards here in Tlokwe. We are preparing for nothing but victory on Wednesday. The National Election Program headed by the Secretary General Cde Gwede Mantashe which took over Tlokwe by storm over the weekend has also contributed towards getting the face-to-face engagement with our people in all contested wards of Tlokwe. The programme involved door to door visits, holding community meetings and visiting different churches in the communities to introduce our councillor candidates to the community. The program has put the ANC more closer to our people who continue to demonstrate their confidence in the movement.

These visits also gave us the opportunity to understand the needs of our people that include poverty, unemployment and housing. Our deployees were also ready to make quick interventions where there were problems that needed urgent attention.

OUR SEVEN CANDIDATES ARE READY

All our seven candidate councillors are the product of the engagements held with ANC members and community member in their seven contested wards, in line with BGM guidelines and NEC guidelines. We are also convinced that our candidates are loved by the community because they were welcomed with warmth during the door-to-door and church visits over the weekend. They are all ready to take the baton and serve our people diligently as soon as they take oath of office this Thursday. We are not mincing our words, we are clear that the ANC is going to win. That's why we are certain that our candidates will be taking oath of office. Our people are also ready to welcome them to continue with service delivery programmes which have been hindered by court battles that led to the by-elections that are taking place this coming Wednesday.

COURT CHALLENGE

The ANC successfully fought apartheid, which denied our people their right to vote and choose their preferred leaders and that culminated in the first democratic elections of 1994. We have noticed with deep concern the move by opposition parties to again engage in attempts to take away our people's natural right to elect leaders of their choice on Wednesday. Our people have been eagerly awaiting this day and these attempts to deny them their birth right is unfortunate and unacceptable. We consider it a move to disenfranchise our people. But when they go to court 10 times, we are certain as the ANC that we'll win the elections 11 times. If they go to court 20 times we'll win the lections 21 times. This is also a confirmation that the opposition has lost its tactics to match the might of the ANC and they clearly have got nothing to offer the people of South Africa. Our people cannot be led from the Electoral Court, they must be led from Tlokwe municipality.

Issued By:
Dakota Legoete
ANC Provincial Secretary

Enquiries:
Diale Kgantsi,
Media Officer
083 574 7353

ADDITIONAL NOTES FROM THE PRESS CONFERENCE:

PROVINCIAL CHAIRPERSON SUPRA MAHUMAPELO

We are not being arrogant, but we are confident about the future. We remain a humble organization, we are not arrogant, but we have done our work. We know we will emerge victorious. We have already sat as the ANC and discussed the issues that we need to address after the by-elections. One of the issues is the necessary deracialisation of Tlokwe. The economy of Tlokwe is controlled by the minority Afrikaner bloc.

ON OPPOSITION PARTIES GOING TO COURT:

We must demonstrate our South Africanness by supporting the IEC. None of us must delegitimize the IEC. There are processes and procedures of raising grievances such as the party liaison committees. If you're not happy with the party liaison committee you can go to the Electoral Court, before you go to any other court. We say to the DA, which is hibernating behind the independents that it's not going to work for them. We are taking them to an abbatoir. We are fearless and unapologetic about it because we believe they must be slaughtered democratically.

 


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