Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
2 minute read
29 Jan 2021
6:45 am

ANC to clean up image for polls

Brian Sokutu

Among other key challenges were organisational unity and fighting corruption.

A pedestrian wearing an ANC branded mask is see walking past the African National Congress (ANC) headquarters Luthuli House in Johannesburg, 9 December 2020. Picture: Michel Bega

After an average performance in the 2019 local government polls, which saw it lose two major metros, City of Joburg and Tshwane, to the Democratic Alliance (DA), the governing ANC in Gauteng is on a drive to spruce up its image, with credibility featuring prominently in its strategy to regain lost ground. Coalitions, which have become a new feature of South African politics at local government level, last year saw the DA back in the driver’s seat in Tshwane, with the ANC taking over the City of Joburg after the departure of Herman Mashaba as mayor. So important is the...