Newly elected chairperson of the ANC in the Western Cape, Vuyiso Tyhalisisu, has conceded that the party is confronted with several changes.

He was voted in at the provincial conference held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, over the weekend.

Sharon Davids is the new deputy chairperson, while Neville Delport was elected as the new provincial secretary.

Ayanda Bans was elected as the party’s deputy secretary while Derek Appel was named treasurer.

The province has been without a permanent structure since 2019, after the Provincial Executive Committee was disbanded.

Tyhalisisu says the support in the province has declined in the previous national and local elections.

“Part of the major issue is the electoral support that has declined, of which we don’t underestimate what confronts us. We are humbled by the way in which they’ve assembled this team from five regions of the Western Cape”.

Meanwhile, a political analyst believes that the new ANC leadership in the Western Cape, has its work cut out to regain the trust of the province’s residents.

Professor Ntsikeleko Breakfast says the party should focus on unifying its internal structures, instead of trying to topple the DA government in the 2024 general elections.

“That’s the first thing they need to deal with to make sure the party functions as a unit. Also, they need to ensure that they sort out their own internal issues. Because if the ANC is faced with internal threats, there’s no way it can pose a threat to the DA which is tough competition”.