ANC will bring DA 'to book' in Western Cape

The African National Congress (ANC) will bring the Democratic Alliance (DA) “to book” for its selective service delivery and treatment of poor people in the Western Cape, the party’s elections coordinator Chris Nissen said on Wednesday.

He told a press briefing in Cape Town that the ANC would refocus and rebuild in the province in time for the 2011 municipal elections.

“Our efforts as the party are now focused on rebuilding the 2011 local election platform. This is the time to energise our members and support base, and the time has never been more ripe than present.

“We will also work tirelessly to bring the DA to book over its selective service delivery and its treatment of poor people,” he said.

The DA won 51,46% of the vote in the province—almost double what it scored in 2004—in a resounding victory over the ANC, whose share of the vote fell sharply to 31,55%.

The ANC said earlier on Wednesday that its provincial working committee had met on Tuesday and intended to thoroughly analyse the election results “as a basis for planning a way forward in the province”.

The process of revitalising the organisation and building support would include a three-day lekgotla of the committee in mid-May, and a meeting of representatives of all branches.

It would also include a programme “to reach out to and mobilise all communities and sectors in the months ahead”, the party said.—Sapa

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