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Duarte says the ANC shouldn’t be written off for the elections because of its financial woes

The deputy Secretary General of the African National Congress (ANC) Jessie Duarte has said the governing party should not be written off for the upcoming local government elections because of its financial woes.

Briefing the media on Tuesday on the outcomes of the three day special national executive committee (NEC) Lekgotla which ended on Monday, Duarte said though the ANC does not have money it will run a robust campaign for the elections, with its volunteers and candidates on the ground embarking on door-to-door campaigns throughout all the wards, including where its opposition has a stronghold.

The ANC will soon finalize its core message for its campaign, with its “strong” and “truthful” manifesto expected to be concluded this week and launched thereafter, Duarte said.

“Don’t write us off just because we don’t have money,” Duarte said, adding that the non-payment of the party’s staff salaries is an internal matter which the ANC as an employer cannot discuss publicly and that a solution is being worked out.

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The ANC deputy SG said the party’s staffers have the right to strike over the non-payment of salaries.

Duarte said it is quite heartening that there are people who are willing to take from thier meagre income and contribute to the ANC’s recently launched crowdfunding initiative.

The calibre of candidates that the ANC will field for the upcoming elections is of a high quality thanks to the party’s thorough regional vetting processes, Duarte said, adding that candidates who understand service delivery issues and are a representative of their constituencies is what is critical, with multiple academic qualifications being a bonus.

The ANC, however, does not expect the upcoming elections “to be an easy ride”, Duarte said, adding that the party is very ambitious and has aimed to win all the metros, including Cape Town, which is currently governed by the Democratic Alliance.

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