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Northern Cape ANC gearing up for local elections

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In an effort to curb the service delivery protests in the Province, the African National Congress (ANC) in the Northern Cape vowed that credible candidates who represent the revolutionary’s morality will be nominated in the upcoming Local Elections.

The provincial secretary of the ANC, Deshi Ngxanga. Picture: Danie van der Lith

IN AN effort to curb the service delivery protests in the Province, the African National Congress (ANC) in the Northern Cape vowed that credible candidates who represent the revolutionary’s morality will be nominated in the upcoming Local Elections.

The newly elected Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) convened its inaugural meeting on June 14 where it reflected on the resolutions taken during the 9th ANC Provincial Conference last month in Springbok.

The provincial secretary of the ANC, Deshi Ngxanga indicated the conference was emphatic that the ANC must do everything in its power to prevent the hammering of the image of the ANC.

“The conference unanimously supported the resolution of the NEC that comrades who are charged must step-aside from their political positions of responsibility.

“Those who are accused of corruption must present themselves to the Integrity Commission,” said Ngxanga.

He added that a Provincial Integrity Commission has to be established as a matter of urgency by the PEC for that matter.

Ngxanga said the upcoming Local Government Elections are expected to be fiercely contested.

“We are currently experiencing a ground-swell of service delivery protests.

“Most of these protest actions are occurring in the Frances Baard Region,” he added.

He said the deplorable state of municipalities was noted in the Province.

“Urgent steps must be taken to turn-around the governance problems that beset these municipalities,” he added.

“The lack of decisive leadership at local level has further damaged the image of the ANC in the eyes of the community,

“The ANC believes our communities have a right to protest where their expectations are not met.

“However, we must condemn the destruction of public infrastructure when communities exercise their right to protest,” warned Ngxanga.

“The immediate task of this PEC is to undertake a process of nomination for the Local Government Elections and work very hard to obtain an overwhelming and decisive victory.

“To ensure this victory, it is important that the ANC nominate credible candidates who represent the revolutionary morality which is expected of all ANC public representatives.

“They should be an embodiment of service delivery to improve the quality of life of our people.”

Ngxanga said the ANC exists as an instrument in the hands of its people for the change that they want to see.

“We need candidates that will not betray the public confidence bestowed on the movement.“

The John Taolo Gaetsewe District has been given until June 30 to convene its outstanding Regional Conference.

Branches that already made nominations for the Regional Conference won’t be required to go to BGMs again, Ngxanga said.

“Branches that must convene BGMs must first call BEC meetings to agree on a date of the BGM, in order to provide branch membership an opportunity to verify the attendance register and give adequate notice of not less than seven (7) days to members in good standing about the BGM,” he elaborated.

“The ANC Northern Cape is united as we approach the Local Government Elections in October 2021.

“We are fully aware that many of our people are still living in abject poverty and their socio-economic conditions are still undesirable.

“There remains a lot to be done to ensure that we address the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality.

“The ANC is firmly on the right path to address these challenges in order to improve the living conditions of our people,” Ngxanga said.

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