African National Congress (ANC) deputy president David Mabuza has tried to restore some faith in the embattled Emfuleni Local Municipality.

He was in Vanderbijlpark on Thursday assuring residents that government is working on resolving their issues.

Mabuza spent most of the day meeting residents Bophelong community.  The community is under the beleaguered Emfuleni municipality which has a severe lack of services.

The ANC’s Black Green and Gold has certainly not lost its magic. Community members on the west of Johannesburg came out in their numbers to meet ANC deputy president.

Many queued to nail their colours to the mast.  The Emfuleni municipality is battling financially and it was put under administration. It is now been declared bankrupt owing both Eskom and Rand Water millions.

The community is now pinning its hope on the upcoming elections. “We need drains to be fixed, water and roads. There was a time when we didn’t have water and we used to struggle,” says one of the residents.

The ANC seems to be the party of choice. While residents are not happy with services, they plan to give the party their vote.

“ANC is an old party they gave our mothers and grandmothers houses. There must be changes, there are too many potholes. There are too many things we need at school we don’t have windows; there are no doors the school is collapsing,” says one of the residents. Another resident says; “I want government to give learnerships for young people. Life here is difficult, there are no learnerships.”

Mabuza seemed to be well-versed about the problems here. “People are excited ready to go vote for the ANC, well they have challenges, with the sewer problem the Department of Water Affairs is dealing with the problems, Defence Force has been dealing with problems, questions of roads,  there are many potholes,  I am happy the province is fixing the roads.”

Mabuza praised the interventions made by the province and he believes the municipality can be turned around.