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The Western Cape ANC has accused the DA of hijacking service delivery projects of the national government and presenting it as the work of its legislature.
Deputy Human Settlements Minister Zou Kota-Fredericks, head of the ANC provincial elections team, said on Sunday that they wanted “to make sure that those infrastructure projects are understood to be ANC delivery”.
This followed weekend newspaper reports that President Jacob Zuma would be the face of the launch of 50 infrastructure delivery events until April next year in a bid to win more votes in next year’s elections.
The DA campaigned in Mitchells Plain over the past week and used its delivery of services as its main electioneering theme. In the weeks before it campaigned along the West Coast and in the Karoo.
Kota-Fredericks said the ANC planned to bring Zuma back to the province to launch infrastructure projects.
“The DA hijacks all of the (infrastructure delivery projects). It hijacked the factory in Atlantis, for example. It was clear that the project was a DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) project, facilitated by the minister but was hijacked as the Premier (Helen Zille’s) project,” she said.
Zille attended the opening of the Chinese electronic company Hisense’s new factory in Atlantis in June. Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel also attended.
Kota-Fredericks confirmed on Sunday that the party would focus on its delivery record as national government and particularly on the work on the Clanwilliam Dam, the Industrial Development Zone in Saldanha, opening of schools and solar water heaters in the province.
Kota-Fredericks attended the ANC’s launch of 500 volunteers at the KTC Hall in Nyanga who were tasked with garnering support for the party
They form part of the party’s 5 000 volunteers recruited earlier this year.
Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane told volunteers they should focus on convincing the youth to take part in the elections.
She said it was important for the party to stay united to be able to beat the DA and retain the province.