South Africa – ANC elections lists and idea of Zuma as “dorpie” councillor

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No ANC election lists, but big plans for local government

28 Jan 2014

President Jacob Zuma a councillor for Nkandla? Don’t be surprised, says the ANC, which has held off releasing its election lists.
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe (left) with Jackson Mthembu at Luthuli House announce the party's plans for local government. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe (left) with Jackson Mthembu at Luthuli House announce the party’s plans for local government. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)

The ANC is preparing South Africans to see their longest-serving leaders redeployed as mayors of “little dorpies” or even humble local councillors.

“There is nothing wrong for [President Jacob] Zuma, when he retires, to become a councillor in Nkandla,” quipped ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

The party spoke to media at Luthuli House on Tuesday after a meeting of its national executive committee (NEC), where service delivery protests that have rocked local government of late seemed to have dominated the discussion.

The party seems to fear a deficit of talent and…

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