Port Elizabeth – The African National Congress has urged all ward 1 residents to please vote for Siviwe Ngaba (24), who is campaigning to be councilor of the ward. ANC held its press briefing on Tuesday at Florence Mathomela.
The ANC started by welcoming former DA ward 1 councilor Stanford Slambart, stating that they are happy to have him on board as he will also be helping and mentoring Ngaba on the journey that is upon him.
“I am happy to be in politics again and I will be able to help because for the past 3 years I took a break from politics people have been reaching out to me for help” said Slambart when asked about how he feels about joining the ANC.
Slambart left the DA three years after his membership was terminated by Mayor Athol Trollip when he forwarded an email that had racist comments about the former president Jacob Zuma.
“my membership was terminated in the party because I forwarded an email that was sent to me by my former colleague without being aware that there were racist comments at the end of the email, so I was never given a chance to explain myself, Trollip used me as a political pawn and saw it fit to gain support by firing me” said Mr Slambart.
The ANC promised that Slambart is one of the people who will be working closing with Siviwe Ngaba. Ngaba also expressed how happy he is to be working with someone who has 7 years of experience in politics, helping people especially in the ward that he will be focusing on as well.
“one of the things that I will be focusing on is the issue of service delivery and working with old people trying to understand what things they need from their leaders”
Ngaba has been politically involved in student related matters. He was one of the comrades who fought for free education in 2016, he helped students in getting NSFAS and food vouchers from school.
“I have been politically involved in student related matters, I helped so many students and I have seen how the ANC works and I have been trained so well so I am ready for this challenge”
ANC welcomed more than 50 members yesterday, from COPE and UDM, one of them being Sibongile Maxwell Matala (UDM) and Thembelani Kondile (COPE)
ANC says it hopes that people will go and vote for Siviwe today and that people will join the non-racist, non-sexist party and see how the current government of the Metro is failing its people.