ANC needs all hands on deck in WCape - Marius Fransman

Provincial leader also says DA's preferential treatment of areas such as Sea Point and Bishops Court must stop

ANC calls for all hands on deck

The ANC Western Cape says it is busy unifying people across boundaries in the province. This is done in all areas, communities and residential places as the ANC works for non-racialism and bringing people together.

This is the message of the ANC as some bitter individuals could still have been factional or plotting in dark corners to break the moral of the ANC faithful and aiding the opposition. This message follows on the latest visits of the top leaders and national working committee of the ANC over the past weekend.

ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman says: "There are people with different preferences for leaders and it is their right to. Now is the time to stand together and not to divide, gossip or for mischief. The battle plan of the ANC must be executed. All hands must be on deck.

“All those with concerns on the leadership of the province were given time to raise their issues. They must now unite in the struggle as the ANC is getting ready over the next few weeks ahead of the upcoming municipal elections. We will hold cadre forums. We will discuss organisational renewal and the values of the ANC. We will continue with our positive ANC work. We have to fight enemies like criminality, violence and drugs.

“The DA should stop vilifying poor people’s protests and address socioeconomic problems like inferior service delivery in their areas, the lack of better street lighting, or the overly visible presence of metro police in some leafy areas and poor areas that do not get the same attention with resources like CCTV cameras to combat crime.

“The time is over for irresponsible excuses by the DA. The preferential treatment of areas such as Sea Point and Bishops Court must stop. The ANC demands of the DA mayor of Cape Town Patricia de Lille to put the DA’s money where its mouth is and come up within two weeks with a proper plan to bring equity and resources to poor areas. If not, the ANC will consider mass mobilisation against this failure.”

The ANC is also very aware that the DA leader Helen Zille folded under pressure in the DA palace revolution to serve the interests of whites only. As premier she still leads a band of MEC’s who are predominantly white and her heads of department in the provincial government of the Western Cape are also mostly white and male.

Rural areas will get special attention from the ANC as coastal towns will be encouraged to get co-ops (mutual societies) and new or small to medium enterprises up and running to bring economic opportunities there.

Statement issued by ANC Western Cape leader, Marius Fransman, April 16 2015