Johannesburg – ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe will live in a DA ward after Wednesday’s local government elections, but he still finds time to joke about it.
“I think somebody planned it,” he quipped, when asked whether it was a conspiracy. Mantashe’s ward 42 was an ANC ward, but new ward demarcation meant he now lived in ward 43.
Mantashe himself was a ward councillor in Boksburg, “the city of endless opportunity”, from 1995 to 2000, but in another ward.
A jovial Mantashe, clad in a yellow T-shirt with a khaki jacket bearing the ANC logo, arrived more than an hour after the opening of his Boksburg polling station Freeway Park Primary School with his 25-year-old son Buyambo, where he insisted on joining the back of a queue of about 100 people despite offers to move him to the front.
He said he was up late at the national results centre in Pretoria the night before, “but there were no results trickling in yet”.