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Zuma urges Britstown residents to allow for peaceful election

President Jacob Zuma has urged the residents of Britstown in the Northern Cape to allow for peaceful elections in the area.

The President made comments at the time when there are reports of increasing political violence and intolerance, as the country approaches the local government elections.

President Zuma was in the Northern Cape as part of African National Congress (ANC)’s election campaign.

Britstown is one of the areas that have experienced service delivery challenges such as poor sanitation, housing and unemployment.
The ANC President first stop was at a church.

He urged the church leaders and the residents to allow for peaceful elections.

Later, interacting with the community, he came face to face with the challenges in the area.

“They raised issues of drugs, the youth [unemployment], as well as the needs of the community. I think it is clear [that] the area needs a lot of attention in terms of development … people are looking forward to elections,” says the President.

For the community it was time to raise their issues.
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The Solomon family was one of the two families visited.

Margaret Solomon says, “We live a very difficult life here in Britstown. It’s difficult because ANC people are not right. If my brother was still alive, it would be better even though he wasn’t educated.”

The campaign concluded with a mass rally held at Nonzwakazi Stadium in De Aar.

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