Mantashe takes ANC’s election campaign to the N Cape

African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe has taken the ruling party’s elections campaign to Richmond in the Northern Cape.

Mantashe urged voters to continue supporting the party and encouraged them to come out in their numbers on August 3rd and vote for the ANC.

Richmond falls under the Ubuntu Municipality, a poor municipality which faces many challenges, including unemployment and lack of adequate housing.

Richmond is a small town in the Northern Cape with a population of about 5000.

The town is plagued by many service delivery challenges. Three political parties are represented in the municipality – the ANC, Democratic Alliance (DA) and the Congress of the People (COPE).

The council has eight members. When engaging with the residents, the ANC Secretary-General urged them to vote for the party in their numbers.

Some of the residents welcomed his visit while others took it as an opportunity to voice their grievances.

“I am not happy with our councillor nominated candidate because he does not do anything for us,” says a resident.

Another resident says, “We want jobs, houses, let our children get jobs because we are suffering at Richmond, mostly the youth of Richmond is not working.”

Mantashe assured them that with the ANC in power, their challenges will become a thing of the past.

He also called on them during his door-to-door visits to support the party’s nominated candidate, John Lolwana, whom some residents are not happy with.

“This municipality was a hang Parliament do you remember? So we want to kill the balance of forces so that we can get an outright majority, so that we can govern properly and not depend on asking other people to support the ANC.”

Mantashe also visited the towns of Colesburg and Noupoort during his two-day campaign in the province.


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