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Potchefstroom - The ANC in the North West is happy with the level of stability reached in the province, it said on Thursday.
“We did an assessment of stability in the province and the conclusion was that stability is growing,” provincial chairman Supra Mahumapelo told reporters.
He said the last protest in the province was in March.
“For us, that is an indication that stability is growing in the province.
The second sign is the gradual growing of good interaction on issues of mandate and accountability between the provincial executive committee (PEC), provincial government, and local municipalities,” he said.
Interactions between the alliance were also better than in the past.
Mahumapelo was speaking following a PEC meeting earlier in the week.
Among the matters discussed was a report on the African National Congress national executive committee's (NEC) meeting in Pretoria, at which preparations for next year's general election were discussed.
Mahumapelo said it was agreed that door-to-door campaigning needed to be intensified.
“Our work is going very well, but we need to intensify it.”
The ANC provincial conference, where branches would nominate office bearers and those they wanted to see in Parliament, would be held at the Rustenburg Civic Centre on October 25 and 26.
“We also spoke about the regional conferences. We are now left with three regions (Dr Kenneth Kaunda, Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompadi, and Ngaka Modiri Molema).
“(The) PEC took a decision based on preparations which are going to be assessed tomorrow (Friday); those conferences are scheduled to take place next week Saturday.”
Mahumapelo also referred to the upcoming Tlokwe by-elections, which the ANC was confident of winning.
“Campaigning is rolling slowly and it is going to culminate in an overwhelming ANC victory. On the 23rd (October 23), in the evening, we will be celebrating our victory,” he said.
Based on its interaction with the community, there was “no doubt” the ANC would win all the remaining six wards.
Volunteers had been campaigning to ensure the municipality was taken back from the Democratic Alliance-led coalition.
The DA came into power at the municipality when 14 ANC councillors brought a motion of no confidence against the previous mayor Maphetle Maphetle.
They were expelled by the party's provincial disciplinary committee but the ANC's national disciplinary committee later overturned the expulsions.
Maphetle was replaced as mayor by DA councillor Annette Combrink.
He said the party had lodged a complaint with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) about officials in the area. He said the organisation had to “jerk up their work in the province” as he did not believe the IEC staff in Tlokwe were up to task.