The African National Congress (ANC) was on the charm offensive, as the drive to win votes hits the home stretch.
ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe’s door to door campaign hit Mthatha. A lack of electricity and proper sanitation were some of the most pressing issues.
“Electricity hasn’t reached out to everyone here; we need to deal with that. There’s also a sanitation problem here,” says Mantashe.
Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela was also in the Eastern Cape, campaigning in the Nelson Mandela Metro.
“Of course there are challenges around the houses and leakages but people are saying we have those challenges because ANC delivered houses for us but we want ANC to fix these challenges,” says Manamela.
Residents expressed their needs and concerns.
“We want jobs and also if they could rectify our leaking houses, my electricity has also been switched off,” says one resident.
“I have a problem with my water meter, it is damaged and is causing the tap to leak uncontrollably,” says another.
In the Tshwane Metro, ANC Deputy Secretary General Jesse Duarte joined the capital city’s mayoral candidate Thoko Didiza to campaign in Eersterus, and people were ready to voice their concerns.
“People have asked for their title deeds, we already know that the current mayor is handing out title deeds and will also go through the process of handing out deeds to people who live in attached houses,” says Duarte.
And in Soweto – ANC Stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has called for an end to political killings.
The ANC’s election campaign in Gauteng has entered its final phase, and the party plans to call on more community leaders, artists and other high profile members of society to endorse its election manifesto.
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