ANC Western Cape regional chairperson ditches ANC, joins PA

Louw, in his resignation letter cited a reflection of dissatisfaction and misalignment as reasons to part ways with the ANC. 


ANC Western Cape regional chairperson Chad Louw tendered his resignation from the party on Monday, and has joined the Patriotic Alliance (PA). 

Louw, in his resignation letter cited a reflection of dissatisfaction and a desire to contribute to different capacities as reasons to leave the party. 

The 27-year-old was the party’s youngest mayor in the Oudtshoorn Municipality in 2021, at the age of 24. 

He was the ANC’s regional chairperson as well as the provincial chairperson of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) at the time of his resignation.

A fundamental misalignment exists

Louw said the decision to walk away from the party was not taken lightly.

“Serving the party has been a privilege, and I am grateful for the camaraderie, shared goals, and collective efforts that define the ANC. 

However, recent introspection and reflection on my personal values and principles have led me to the realisation that a fundamental misalignment exists, necessitating my departure from the party. 

The ANC has a rich history and has played a pivotal role in shaping the political landscape of our nation, but my own journey requires me to explore new avenues in order to stay true to my convictions and ideals. 

This decision emanates from a reflection of dissatisfaction, need for personal growth and a desire to contribute in different capacities. 

I believe that by stepping away, I can better focus on endeavors that resonate more closely with my values, aspirations, and commitment to positive change,” said Louw. 

ANC welcomes Louw’s resignation

ANC Western Cape spokesperson Khalid Sayed welcomed Louw’s resignation. 

“The ANC notes his resignation and him joining the PA. We wish him well with his political future,” he said.