‘Don’t write us off just because we don’t have money’: ANC ready for elections

Johannesburg – South Africa’s cash strapped governing party will resort to tried and test door-to-door campaigns to try and woo voters ahead of government elections.

ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte on Tuesday said they’d rely on volunteers and councillor candidates to reach out to communities across the country, but there would be no rallies because of Covid-19 regulations.

Duarte said the ANC would visit wards throughout the country, including those where it did not enjoy mass support.

Municipal elections are expected to be held between 27 October and 1 November in accordance with the recent order by the Constitutional Court.

With just over 50 days to go before the elections, the ANC is facing cash flow problems, frustrated staff and a broader terrain that gives the electorate more options.

Duarte said the ANC would not run a negative campaign despite these challenges.

“We never will. It’s not who we are. We don’t conduct witch-hunts against the leadership of other parties,” said Duarte.

As the party tries to find solutions to long standing financial issues, which have adversely affected workers, it will look for alternative tools like cellphone marketing and social media to reach voters.

“We’ve also learned the value of this. Let’s wait and see, don’t write us off just because we don’t have money,” she added.

The party is expected to hold a strategy workshop on Sunday.

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