National 2.8.2016 04:33 pm

Mamelodi residents promise Msimanga their vote

DA Tshwane mayoral candidate Solly Msimanga and Tshwane metro worker Mpho Makota. Photo: Thato Mahlangu

DA Tshwane mayoral candidate Solly Msimanga and Tshwane metro worker Mpho Makota. Photo: Thato Mahlangu

Mamelodi residents have welcomed DA mayoral candidate Solly Msimanga.

Gogo Selina Ngcobo (70) wept as she asked DA Tshwane mayoral candidate Solly Msimanga to help her build a house, reports Pretoria East Rekord.

Msimanga was on the final leg of his campaign trail in Mamelodi West near Solomon Mahlangu Memorial Square when the gogo poured her heart out to him.

Ngcobo did not apply for a government RDP house.

She told Msimanga that she blamed the ANC, which she had voted for for years.

“Over 20 years, I have been voting to put them in power. Now that they are rich, they forget about promises they made to me and other poor people,” said the gogo.

Ngcobo lives with her former employers because she has nowhere to go.

“I have pleaded with them [metro officials] and even the Meyers [former employers] have tried to assist me to get the metro to build me a house,” she sobbed.

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Gogo Selina Ngcobo with DA Tshwane mayoral candidate Solly Msimanga. Photo: Thato Mahlangu

Msimanga promised gogo Ngcobo that the he would personally see to it that she was helped.

“I am going to make sure that she gets assisted because her plight is very worrying, especially for a person her age.”

Msimanga added that it was wrong for the ANC to keep on promising poor people houses, especially the elderly, then not fulfil those promises.

“These are the most vulnerable people and the ANC is taking advantage of that,” said Msimanga.

And a metro employee was already calling Msimanga “mayor”.

Mpho Makota (33) said working for the metro had been a nightmare.

Watch Makota recall his experience with his employer:

“We are not treated equally and they [employers] expect you to work long hours and on weekends [for a] little salary,” he said.

“I have a family I need to support; how can I on what I earn?” Makota asked.

Some residents told the Rekord that they would vote for the change the DA would bring because the ANC had failed.

Caxton News Service

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