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Resolution of the ANC Western Cape Provincial Executive Committee Lekgotla 29 & 30 January 2001

31 January 2001

The Provincial Executive Committee of the ANC Western Cape convened a Lekgotla in Citrusdal from 29-30 January 2001. The Lekgotla was attended by NEC Members deployed in the Western Cape, PEC Members, the Chairs and Secretaries of all 10 ANC Regions in the Western Cape, the Women┬╣s League and Youth League as well as members of the Provincial Legislature and the National Assembly. Also present were representatives of the Provincial Leadership of COSATU, SACP, SANCO, COSAS and SASCO.

The Lekgotla assessed the ANC performance in the 2000 Local Government Elections and began to chart a way forward for the strengthening of the ANC and the alliance in the Province.

Our analysis of the election results shows that the ANC increased its support in the Western Cape from 37.1% in the 1995/96 local government elections to 40.1 of the vote in the2000 elections. This represents a consolidation of the ANC support in the province since the 1999 National and Provincial Elections when the ANC received 42.08% of the vote compared to 33% in the 1994 elections. Our analysis also shows that the ANC received over 30% of the Coloured vote in the Cape Town Metro and over 50% of the Coloured vote in the rural areas.

The Lekgotla also analyzed the way forward for the ANC in the Province. Amongst the issues discussed were:

  • The speedy implementation of the ANC election manifesto in municipalities and the district councils throughout the province. The Lekgotla received a report that the ANC controlled Beaufort West Municipality has already implemented the ANC promise of free basic services. This will be extended to all other municipalities that are ANC controlled and we will also use our opposition role in pressurizing the DA to implement these in the municipalities they control.
  • Our role as the ANC even in opposition is to lead the process of transformation and represent the poorest of the poor. We are an opposition in the provincial legislature and the DA controlled councils in the province and we have resolved to take forward these discussions into the political leadership structures and the ANC council caucuses to translate these into practical action.
  • Steps to be taken to ensure close contact between public representatives, especially MPs, MPLs and Councillors and the people they have been elected to serve.
  • The need to ensure that ANC branches are strengthened and play a leading role in the community. Our branches should be the centre of activity engaging in ongoing activities and addressing the needs of our communities.
  • The need to ensure a close working relationship with our alliance partners, community organisations and progressive NGOs and other organisations which support the transformation programme of the ANC.
  • Building support for the ANC amongst the youth, women and minorities through practical action and campaigns.
  • The realignment of ANC branches and regions with the new demarcation of the wards and municipalities. We are aiming to complete this process by the end of May this year.

The Lekgotla was unanimous in agreeing that the structures of the ANC and the Alliance are the correct forum for the further discussion of these issues and the further development of our analysis of the election result and the programme of action of the ANC led alliance. We call on all ANC members to use these forums of the organisation to continue this discussion.

The Lekgotla after receiving reports from all regions, unanimously condemned and distanced the ANC and the alliance partners from the faceless and cowardly attacks on the ANC Provincial Leadership which have surfaced in the press in the past month. These attacks are part of an attempt to discredit the provincial leadership and to villify the ANC by projecting it as divided by people who are scared of the democratic processes of the ANC. The fact that they were timed to appear at the eve of our Lekgotla are really meant to undermine the struggle for change in our province.

The leadership of COSATU reiterated at the Lekgotla that they are not involved and will not be involved in any attempts to remove the provincial leadership.

We have emerged from this Lekgotla as the ANC and the alliance more united and confident that we can jointly build the ANC as an agent for change and to win the next elections in the Province so that we improve the lives of our people.

Issued by African National Congress Western Cape

For any media enquiries contact Provincial Media Officer Gert Witbooi 082-570-9118.