African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday took Tshwane ANC officials on the campaign trail in Temba, north of the city, in last minute efforts to woo voters ahead of the watershed August 3 local government elections.
Ramaphosa led Gauteng ANC deputy chairman and premier David Makhura and Tshwane ANC officials, including chairperson and current mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa and mayoral candidate Thoko Didiza, on a door-to-door campaign before addressing a mini rally.
At the homestead of Malebo Kgomo, the ANC delegation was warmly received and assured of votes in Wednesday’s polls.
“All my family members know that even after my death they will continue to vote ANC. Even my children who no longer stay here, they know that wherever they are, the ANC is their home,” said Kgomo, 71.
“The party has taken care of us over the years, until today. The history of the ANC is there for all to see. We assure you, we are fully ANC.”
Frans Phaswana echoed Kgomo’s sentiments, likening the ANC to a “first wife”.
“You cannot forget the wife who took care of you, long before anyone else could recognise you. Other parties have approached us, but we remain resolute, we are with the ANC,” he said.
A few metres away, at the Mbovane homestead, Ramaphosa was also assured of support in the elections, but the family appealed for economic opportunities.
“We are encouraged to take our children to school, and we have done so. Our children are done with school but they cannot find jobs,” said Martha Mudau.
“We receive [social] grants but they do not go far because we have to take care of big families. We buy groceries and sometimes we are left without enough for electricity. We do need electricity as you can see we are aged.”
Ramokgopa explained that the aged and poor should have been registered on the city’s indigent list to receive free basic services.
Political parties across South Africa are busy this weekend with campaigns as the August 3 tightly-contested polls loom. Several rallies were held across the country on Saturday.
– African News Agency (ANA)