African National Congress (ANC) deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte says the party is confident of victory in big municipalities in the Free State.
Municipalities including Mangaung Metro, Maluti-A-Phofung, Matjhabeng and Metsimaholo have experienced major service delivery challenges.
@MYANC DSG, Comrade Jessie Duarte leading the election campaign trail in Kroonstad, Free State Province. #VoteANC #BuildingBetterCommunuties#ANCinKroonstad pic.twitter.com/xQ5uUnEHWY
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These include water shortages, poor roads infrastructure, allegations of corruption and maladministration.
Duarte says all councillors who fail to perform their duties will be removed.
“We stand a very good chance. Our view is that we will win those municipalities. But we have to change what we did and how we worked [previously]. Primarily we will not tolerate any corruption by anyone, no matter who they are or how long they’ve been in the ANC.”
“Our people are very positive. They do complain and they do say what they want to say to us. But at the same time, they also say it is only the ANC that can take us forward, and that is interested in transformation. We cannot let them down,” says Duarte.
Load shedding will adversely affect their campaign
Meanwhile, Deputy President David Mabuza says although he understands the challenges faced by Eskom, he is concerned that the intermittent load shedding will adversely affect their campaign.
He was speaking to the SABC while leading the ANC campaign trail in Daveyton east of Johannesburg on Tuesday.
Residents in the area have complained about the never-ending power cuts among others.
Currently, Eskom is implementing Stage 2 load shedding until Saturday.
WATCH: Deputy President @DDMabuza addresses the community in Ward 73, Ekurhuleni. The DP says that though the ANC has done much for the people of this Ward, more still needs to be done. He further encourages the community to #VoteANC on 1 November 2021. #BuildingBetterCommunities pic.twitter.com/49tpbPuooW
— Gauteng ANC #VoteANC (@GautengANC) October 26, 2021
Over the weekend, ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa was on a charm offensive in Orange Farm.
ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa campaigns in Orange Farm, Gauteng: