ANC upbeat capital city will be retained
by SIMBA RUSHWAYA
PRETORIA, (CAJ News) – A so-called smear campaign rivals have initiated against the party will not save the detractors from relegation to the cleaners in the upcoming local government polls, says a confident African National Congress (ANC) spokesperson for Pretoria, Teboho Joala.
He is upbeat the ruling party will retain control of Pretoria despite a stern test the main rival Democratic Alliance (DA) will provide.
His sentiments follow a “damning” audit report DA released through which it implicated the ANC-led administration of misappropriating about R4 billion.
The administration has been exonerated, paving the way for what Joala believes will be an overwhelming performance at the elections.
“We are very confident that come elections we will disappoint our opponents,” he says.
“We are not only going to win in Tshwane (Pretoria) but increase the margins as compared to 2011.We have had a good run of governance since we came to power as a democratic movement.”
ANC is the dominant party in the capital city, boasting 118 seats to the DA’s 82 (from a total of 210 seats) from results of the last election.
“We have managed to uplift marginalised and poor people in the communities in Tshwane which were excluded by apartheid. The result has seen the economic upliftment of our people and we will continue to give them basic services like water, housing and electricity,” adds.
The spokesperson says the party’s major focus when retained in power, likely in May, will be the provision of social infrastructure in the poor communities of Pretoria.
“One realises that facilities like libraries, clinics and stadiums are not visible in areas such as Soshanguve and Mamelodi. Our focus is to make sure they are available in those communities,” says Joala.
He describes Pretoria as “the best city to live in Gauteng” courtesy of the ANC administration.
“We are the only city in Africa that provides free Wi-Fi to its residents while we have empowered over 10 000 you people to become local traders. We also have the lowest unemployment rate despite the fact the city has more youths compared to other cities,” he boasts.
He adds ANC will soon provide housing stands to the marginalised communities.
“We intend to strengthen capacity building and we will do that through empowering our people with serviced housing stands bigger that the RDP in addition to availing houses,” pledges Joala.
“In the transport area, you will realise that the Areyeng project has been a success as we provide rapid transportation for our people.”
Later this year, residents in the capital city will join millions others around the country to elect the members of the district, metropolitan and local municipal councils, who, in turn, will elect the mayors of the municipalities.
ANC’s stranglehold on Pretoria is seen facing a stiff test from the DA and the Economic Freedom Fighters.
“Our record speaks for itself and it doesn’t say we will lose,” says Joala.
– CAJ News
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