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ANC statement on the meeting of the officials

11 April 20111

The officials of the ANC held their regular meeting on Monday, 11 April 2011 as this meeting is in the middle of the local government elections the focus was on the progress made in the preparations and received reports on the campaign.

Media as main opposition

The officials noted the role played by the media as the main opposition in these elections: -

The release of the so-called "plot against Zuma" in the middle of the election when the journalist himself explains that the report is based on the information collected before the National General Council, which was successfully held in September 2010. The recycling of the story about white resident associations in some rural towns, a problem the department of COGTA has been dealing with over the last eighteen months, and reported it as a new story. The Malema misrepresentation by both print and electronic media where it alleged untruths about what the ANC Youth League President`s utterance about the ANC President Zuma.

The celebration by Justice Malala in both e-TV and the Times that the "ANC has lost municipalities on the 18 May 2011". The selective negative coverage of the ANC campaign is curious. The officials agreed that this is a serious attempt to defocus the campaign and therefore agreed that the campaign must be intensified. The best coverage we get is the one of our leaders in action, doing door-to-door work. We accepted that the stories about those who thank the ANC for providing houses, water and electricity while bringing to our attention that we should attend to the quality of the streets in townships are not sensational enough to sell papers. The officials expressed appreciation of media houses, particularly electronic media that cover our campaign directly and report about both positive and negative encounters with society. The officials expressed satisfaction and happiness about the campaign work done by both leadership and volunteers of the ANC.

Selection of Mayoral Candidates

The officials also had a fruitful engagement with the provinces on the selection of mayoral candidates. The reports from the provinces were accepted as work in progress and encouraged the provinces to continue engaging the regions and the alliance partners in the process. Officials appreciated the agreement reached among all the alliance partners and other progressive forces on the Mayoral candidate for the Cape Town Metro, being Tony Erenrecht. The officials and the provincial chairpersons and secretaries reaffirmed the longstanding practice of announcing the mayoral candidates after the elections. there was realisation that both the opposition and media were desperate to drag us into the terrain of focus being on the mayoral candidates than the actual campaign work done by the ANC.

Welcoming back Cde Neville Mompati

We are also taking this opportunity to welcome the leader of COPE in the Northern Cape, comrade Neville Mompati, back home. This is in response to our call on many of those who left the ANC to return home because it is cold out there. Many prominent members of the ANC who left are returning home and we welcome them. Even the most radical when leaving the ANC will be welcome, particularly those disillusioned with right wing alliances that certain leaders want to forge under the cloak of opposition unity. Neville grew up in the ANC and would not be satisfied without what he knows best the ANC politics. Welcome back. The ANC has resolved to work towards bringing back all those of our members that left the ANC.

President Zuma`s Birthday

The ANC wishes its President, Comrade Jacob Zuma a Happy 69th Birthday today!!

All of us as the membership and leadership of the ANC throughout the country have confidence on the leadership of Comrade Jacob Zuma. May he have many years to come. Happy Birthday Zuma, Msholozi Nxamalala!!

Issued by:
Gwede Mantashe
ANC Secretary General
African National Congress

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