The African National Congress (ANC) in the uMkhanyakude District in the north of KwaZulu-Natal is gunning for the governance of the district municipality, uMkhanyakude, and all the municipalities within its jurisdiction.
Speaking at the party’s provincial election manifesto launch in KwaMsane Township, Inkosi Mtubatuba Municipality, the chairperson of the ANC Far North region Siphile Mdaka said it is now time that municipalities such as Mtubatuba and Big Five Hlabisa are led decisively by the party.
Mdaka said the ANC should regain the ground it lost at Jozini and also maintain its hegemony and increase its support base at uMhlabuyalingana.
Should the ANC be elected to power following the 1 November local government elections, Mdaka gave the assurance that the party will not abuse its power and will ensure that the eras of corruption and laziness are a thing of the past.
Mdaka said the party in the region will do all in its power to win wards, municipalities within its jurisdiction and the district municipality.
“But we will win it for the people of uMkhanyakude not ourselves,” Mdaka said, adding that the ANC intends to address the issues of water supply challenges, electricity, unemployment, poverty and inequality.
Mdaka said the communities of uMkhanyakude through the party’s community involved processes of nominating councillor candidates have put forward a team of diverse and dynamic “senior and young” individuals to stand for the elections, the youngest being a 20-year-old woman candidate and the oldest being Sam Mkhwanazi.
“I am told he is trending now,” Mdaka said of Mkhwanazi, a name which induced loud cheers and applause from the attendees when mentioned by the regional chair.
The provincial chairperson of the ANC, who is also the premier of the province, Sihle Zikalala is expected to deliver the manifesto.
Watch the proceedings live here.
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