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Defector alert! Prominent ANC councillor set to join the DA

A well-known ANC councillor serving in Msunduzi is set to ‘turn blue’ on Wednesday, when they officially leave the ruling party for the DA.


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We love a good political defection here at The South African – there’s just something so titillating about the theatre of it all. Well, we’ve got a live one here – and it comes just as we head into Election Season: The DA has confirmed that they will be welcoming a prominent ANC councillor to the party on Wednesday.

From ANC to the DA – it’s a done deal

This comes just weeks after Cyril Chuene, who was once with the EFF, decided to swap red for blue in Mpumalanga. The DA is making some big moves in this pseudo transfer window, but the biggest coup may come today.

The councillor in question is part of the Msunduzi Government. The municipality, home to Pietermaritzburg, has been plagued by poor service delivery and a lack of cleanliness on its streets over the past few years. Multiple petitions have been launched to try and dissolve the serving council, but very little has changed.

Who is joining the official opposition?

The DA, hoping to tap into these frustrations in KZN ahead of the 2021 Local Elections, will unveil their new recruit at an event in Springfield Park, from 14:00 this afternoon. Around 30 other new members are also set to be announced, hailing from various backgrounds. Voting for municipal governments will take place on Monday 1 November.

“They’ve taken a considered decision to join the DA after becoming profoundly disillusioned in the ANC. The councillor wants to be associated with our values and capacity for functional government. Under the failing ANC, the Municipality of Msunduzi has been in a state of collapse for many years including being placed under administration.”

“The momentum behind the DA in KZN is growing every day, and the Local Government Elections are shaping up to be a hot contest in the province. When people decide to join the DA, from wherever they come, we expect them to identify with our values and principles, and work hard to serve all members of the community.”