Ngwako Modjadji
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7 Mar 2016
10:42 am

Rough ride for ANC vote-catcher in Joburg

Ngwako Modjadji

“The ANC has lost its culture since Nelson Mandela died. Look at what Zuma is doing to our country"

Baleka Mbete does a walk about handing out pamphlets at the Evaton Mall, to promote the registration of voters in the area, 6 March 2016. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

The going got tough for a senior ANC official trying to mobilise support for the party in the upcoming local government elections at Evaton Mall, south of Johannesburg, yesterday, with some people refusing to take the party’s pamphlets.

ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete met a measure of resistance as she tried to persuade people at the mall to vote for the ANC. One shopper, Thabang Mmeko, told her that he did not intend to vote and that “if I was going to vote, I was going to vote for the DA”.

He added: “The ANC has lost its culture since Nelson Mandela died. Look at what President Jacob Zuma is doing to our country.

“They become rich, we become poor.”

Meanwhile, in Roodepoort in Johannesburg, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said young South Africans were the casualties of the current ANC government.

“From student protests and unrest across our universities, to the fact that the unemployment rate among our youth is more than twice that of adults, young people have taken the brunt of the ANC’s bad governance,” he said.