[DEBATE] : (Fwd) Zumaland not 100% ANC
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Thu Dec 11 04:19:28 GMT 2008
Uneasy ANC sends big guns to wage its campaign in KZN
December 11, 2008 Edition 1
NATHI OLIFANT, JEFF WICKS & SAPA
THE ANC's unease over its chances of success in next year's general
elections in KwaZulu-Natal was demonstrated by the sending of its most
senior officials to the province yesterday, say political analysts.
Among those who addressed functions in KZN yesterday were ANC president
Jacob Zuma, safety and security minister Nathi Mthethwa and party
secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.
Also in the province were national executive committee members Nkosazana
Dlamini-Zuma and Zola Skweyiya.
Zuma attended a government event where key projects at Mabomvini, in
Msinga, near Tugela Ferry, an IFP stronghold, were announced. He called
for the tender process to be reviewed to avoid instances in which
politicians are able to influence tenders.
"It's clear to me that we need to separate the tender processes from
politicians," he said.
Sbo Zamisa, of the Centre for Public Participation, said the ANC found
itself in a tight position in KwaZulu-Natal where it had to fight
against COPE, which was making inroads in areas like Chatsworth, Durban.
"The ANC needs to deploy its top officials to beef up constituencies,
especially in rural areas, where they need to sell the party's charisma
to appeal to the traditional conservatives," he said.
University of KwaZulu-Natal-based political analyst Zakhele Ndlovu agreed.
"KZN is like the Western Cape - the ruling party has never had a strong
foothold and they have needed coalitions to win these two provinces. If
a party like COPE can get 2% of the vote and form a coalition with the
IFP, which is campaigning strongly, the ANC will be dealt a huge
setback," Ndlovu said.
Secondly, with COPE and the IFP in the picture, the ANC needed to
campaign vigorously, he said.
Addressing about 500 people in the Austerville Community Hall in
Durban's predominantly coloured suburb of Wentworth, Mantashe said
coloured people should stop thinking of themselves as a minority and
slammed claims that they were under-represented in the ANC.
He said he was against the term "minorities" because it divided people.
"We must see ourselves as one group."
Residents complained that they felt ignored by the ANC. There was a lack
of coloured representation on the eThekwini council and in the
Their constant battle with the Engen refinery, the lack of jobs and the
drug problem among coloured youths were not being addressed by the ANC,
they said. One man said he was "not white enough under the apartheid
government and not black enough under the current government".
Mantashe responded: "You are not absent. You are present within the
ANC," and rattled off the names of coloured ANC members, including
finance minister Trevor Manuel.
Speaking at a Sixteen Days of Activism event in Durban last night,
Mthethwa said the campaign against violence towards women and children
must be seen in the context of 365 days of action against abuse of women
"We must take the 16 days campaign to all parts of the country. It must
find creative expression in rural areas and townships. It is in these
areas, where poverty is rife, that women and children are exposed to crime.
"Let us do anything in our power to bring an end to the despicable,
dehumanising abuse of women and children."
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