This is how former councillor in Sol Plaatje Municipality and Democratic Alliance member, Shaine Griqua described his former organisation. Griqua was introduced by the African National Congress leadership in the Frances Baard at a media briefing region after quitting the Democratic Alliance and giving up his ward councillor seat.
Griqua said during Friday’s media briefing that he is happy to be back home in the ANC. He condemned the DA for using the names of the deceased people of Marikana and the Esidimeni tragedy for their elections billboard while the organisation is a “spiritual and emotional Marikana”. He alleged that the DA has “ghost structures” and that its membership in the Northern Cape is fake. “The DA’s Federal Executive has complained about the Northern Cape’s membership, i.e. 58% of the membership has been fraudulently written into the books and out of that 58% comes from Galeshewe” Griqua stated.
He also accused the DA’s Provincial Leader and the party’s premier candidate, Andrew Louw of fraud suggesting that Louw is aware of the membership “farming” which is the reason why the party’s provincial congress has been postponed indefinitely. Griqua indicated that seven out of ten DA members in the Northern Cape are unhappy with the organisation. He based the “findings” on an internal secret survey that he undertook.
The ANC’s Frances Baard Regional Chairperson, Mangaliso Matika, welcomed Griqua back to the ANC indicating that his immediate task as an ANC member will be to go to the residents of ward 28 and campaign for the ANC for the upcoming provincial and national elections. Matika was quick to indicate that Griqua will not be standing as a candidate for the by-elections for ward 28, which still need to be declared vacant by the acting Municipal Manager.
A candidate will be identified from amongst the ANC members within ward 28 at the opportune time, according to Matika. He also took aim at the DA saying that their Sol Plaatje based councillors are no longer vociferous after his exit. “Now that Matika is no longer there, the DA is quiet. The DA doesn’t have the capacity to change the lives of the people in this municipality and region” Matika stated.
According to Matika more “key people” from the DA and other opposition parties will join the ANC and will be introduced at a media briefing during the week.