ANC loses ground in traditional Eastern Cape stronghold
As markets are drawn downwards by one economic seizure after the next, the issue of fees in a low-return environment has become extremely contentious. Eastern Cape ANC spokesman Mlibo Qoboshiyane. THE Eastern Cape is still regarded as the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) traditional stronghold, having produced leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo and Thabo Mbeki, but those were the party’s glory days and it must be hoping that sentiment sees it home at next year’s elections.
OR Tambo is the ANC’s second-biggest region in terms of membership in South Africa after KwaZulu-Natal’s eThekwini region. Mr Sabisa says the majority of people in his region live in underdeveloped rural areas.
Despite this, "they know the ANC is their home", he says. However, the party has haemorrhaged about a third of its membership in the past 18 months.
It is becoming increasingly clear that the ANC is fast losing popularity in the province. In the North West, senior party members say they fear for their lives, while Limpopo this week saw three of its five regions disbanded and the remaining two placed under administration.
Eastern Cape ANC spokesman Mlibo Qoboshiyane says the drop of 28,000 members since June last year refers only to branches audited for next month’s Eastern Cape provincial conference. The ANC nationally has grown membership to more than a million members in the past five years, making the Eastern Cape the only province going against the trend.
Last year, Eastern Cape membership fell from 225,597 members in January to 187,585 in June. In November, the province discovered that some of the 180,000 people on its books were "ghost members" created by officials who wanted to control branches and influence the party’s Mangaung national conference.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Business Day