A SENIOR ANC leader in the Chris Hani region and a current mayor in one of the eight local municipalities in the district has been announced as the mayoral candidate for Chris Hani District Municipality (CHDM) and effectively the face of the party’s election campaign for the August 3 polls.
The announcement that Intsika Yethu mayor and ANC regional chairman Kholiswa Vimbayo would be the political head of the district authority if the ANC wins the election was made by party secretary general Gwede Mantashe on Saturday in Tshwane during a press conference.
Media reports are that journalists had to wait for about six hours while the party deliberated on the candidates’ names.
The ANCYL was the first to release a statement on Sunday evening, saying it welcomed the deployment.
League regional spokesman Simphiwe Malongwe said the ANCYL was delighted by the decision as the league believed Vimbayo was capable, credible and committed to the objectives of the national democratic revolution and the attainment of a just society.
He said Vimbayo had grown up in the ranks of the ANC and held various political responsibilities since the 1980s.
“We believe that over this period, she has accumulated sufficient knowledge and experience in the local government sphere to be able to stand up to the task and is in a position to better understand the plight of the region, particularly that of young people.
“We have no doubt in her commitment to the struggle of young people in the region. We commend the ANC structures for respecting and endorsing the recommendations of the region.
“It is our considered view that her deployment will close the ever-widening gap between the ANC in the region and the district municipality.”
Malongwe said the ANCYL was spread across the region and was embarking on a process of ensuring it had volunteers in all wards and voting districts.
“We wish Comrade Vimbayo well in this upcoming responsibility.”
The announcement effectively puts incumbent CHDM executive mayor Mxolisi Koyo out of the race to retain his post.
Koyo’s political term has not all been smooth sailing, as he was the chairman of the regional leadership disbanded by the ANC provincial team in 2014.