The African National Congress in the Northern Cape has deployed thousands of volunteers across the province to ensure that its manifesto launch replicates the filled Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban last week.
According to the ANC’s Frances Baard Secretary, Webster Dichaba, the governing party expects no less than 20 000 members and supporters to fill the Galeshewe stadium on the 2nd February. At a media briefing where its readiness was declared, the partys’ regional chairperson, Mangaliso Matika indicated that they (Frances Baard Region) are “exultant” by the ANC’s Provincial Executive Committee’s decision to allow the region to host the provincial manifesto launch. Matika said that the choice of venue for the event is based on the fact that Galeshewe “has produced many comrades who have played a pivotal role in defence of democracy” and that 25% of the ANC’s provincial support is derived from the biggest township in the Northern Cape.
“The mood is electrifying on the ground, as our people continue to respond positively and remain committed towards delivering an overwhelming election victory in the region” Matika explained.
The ANC’s performance at the last general elections in 2014 saw 272 053 (64,4%) of the registered voters making a cross on the ballot paper next to the party’s logo and Jacob Zuma’s face. The DA finished in second place with 23.89% while the EFF and Cope got 4.96% and 3.6% of the votes respectively. With Zuma gone and a new man at the reigns, the party may favour the organisation’s shot to govern the province for the sixth consecutive term.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has proved last weekend at Moses Mabhida stadium that he has the backing of the ANC members in a Kwazulu Natal, which many believed was anti-Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa’s “Thuma Mina” and “New Dawn” attention grabbers seem to be a shot in the arm for the governing party, causing panic amongst the opposition parties.
The party’s Provincial Chairperson, Dr Zamani Saul and a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) are expected to outline the organisation’s proposals that will hopefully keep the party’s faithful backing them again as well as attract new voters to the polls. The ANC is banking on 70% of the support of the
Northern Cape electorate at the polls in May on a date to be announced by President Ramaphosa during his State of the Nation Address next month.
The final registration for the 2019 National and Provincial Elections will be held on the last weekend of January 2019. Voters can check their registration status and current voting station by sending an sms with their ID number to 32810 or by visiting the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa’s (IEC) website at www.elections.org.za.