African National Congress (ANC) Deputy President David Mabuza is on his second day of campaigning in KwaZulu-Natal.
Yesterday Mabuza led an election campaign in the party’s Emalahleni region.
Today he is doing a door-to-door campaign in Ladysmith and will address an ANC regional siyanqoba rally later.
The lack of basic services is among the issues raised during the ANC’s door-to-door campaigning.
The community of Ezakheni told Mabuza that they did not have proper roads and water.
Mabuza says despite these challenges, he believes that people are still willing to give the ANC another chance.
“The people are happy and they recognise the ANC, of course, there are still challenges, especially with regard to electricity and water. Electricity is a general problem of load shedding, because there are times where they don’t have and times where they have. Water is a problem and I was told by the municipality that they are working on the reticulation problem. And they still want to establish the township and people are prepared to give the ANC another opportunity.”
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However, a scuffle broke out in Ward 8 where the community chased out ANC leaders. The community vented their anger after the ANC allegedly removed the community preferred candidate from the list.
Mabuza faced tough questions ranging from an area that has been without water for three weeks. Other service delivery issues included roads, housing, and a high unemployment rate in the area. The community however is still adamant that they will be voting.
“We have been without water for three weeks, as you can see we do not even have roads, look we don’t even have proper houses. We will still vote hoping the incoming councillors will bring about change in our lives,” a disgruntled community member said.