The ANC yesterday took its election campaign to whites living in an informal settlement in Munsieville in Krugersdorp.
ANC officials, including treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize, Gauteng provincial secretary Hope Papo and Mogale City mayoral candidate Peace Mabe, spent the day making door-to-door visits in a bid to drum up support for the party in the local government elections.
They were warmly received by some residents, who gladly accepted ANC T-shirts.
Abrahams van Niekerk, who is unemployed, said he was going to vote for the ANC for the first time.
“It is the only party you vote for. The DA and EFF would not do anything for us,” he added.
Another resident, mechanic Seun Sanders, said his vote was not a secret. “The ANC is a good party,” he said. “We are happy. We have free water.”
But the allocation of toilets and water to white squatters has enraged black squatter Kagiso Mogami who has been living nearby for years. He wanted to know why whites received better service.
One unemployed resident, Grace Shongwe, said: “The problem is that you [the ANC] always come here during elections, but when you get what you want, you forget about us. We are asking for toilets.”
Mabe appealed to her to give the ANC another chance, saying: “I am talking to you as the mayoral candidate… please renew your mandate with the ANC.”
But Shongwe would have none of it, saying: “We are not going to vote. I have had enough of the ANC.”
Mkhize, the former KwaZulu-Natal premier, said: “The ANC needs to be given another mandate to continue with service delivery. We have a whole programme of improving the lives of people.”
He identified unemployment as the big problem in the area, saying: “Wherever you go, people are raising the issue of unemployment.”
He said the ANC had seen a lot of enthusiastic support so far during campaigning for the local government elections on August 3.
He added that they did not mention other parties.
“ANC members and supporters are not interested in hearing about other parties. They are interested in what the ANC is going to do.”