The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) held a national rally on Friday in support of the ANC towards the upcoming local elections in August this year.
Thousands of Samwu members from all provinces across the country were gathered at the Mangaung Outdoor Sports Centre in Mangaung. The rally was addressed by the Speaker of the National Parliament, Baleka Mbethe, her Deputy Speaker, Lechess Tsenoli, Johannesburg Metropolitan Mayor, Parks Tau, Mangaung Metropolitan Mayor, Thabo Manyoni, and Buffalo City Metropolitan Mayor, Zukiswa Ncitha.
Samwu’s national spokesperson, Papikie Mohale, said more than 160 000 thousand of their members have pledged their support towards the ANC.
“Samwu is an affiliate of Cosatu, which is an alliance of the ANC. We have made a conscious decision after analysing the manifesto of the ANC that it is the only political party that we can vote for. The ANC is also the only political party that is worthy of our votes, given the contents of its manifesto. As we are the largest trade union in local government, we are interested in seeing a local government that is transparent, delivers quality services and is also responsive to the needs of our people.”
Samwu wished to see the ANC re-elected in all municipalities across the country after the elections.