ANC bigwigs fail to pitch up for campaign

2011-01-06 14:32

A number of ANC national executive committee members failed to show up at Garankuhwe village for the ruling party’s door-to-door campaign ahead of Saturday’s address by President Jacob Zuma at Peter Mokaba stadium, Limpopo.

Only Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation Minister Collins Chabane pitched up. ANC heavyweights such as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Mathole Motshekga, Naledi Pandor and Jackson Mthembu were nowhere to be seen.

Chabane downplayed their absence, saying he had no idea they were supposed to have joined him in the door-to-door campaign.

He said they were probably deployed somewhere else in the province.

The regional leadership told City Press that the NEC members had been reassigned to other areas in the province.

Chabane left his “bluelights car”, a top-of-the-range Touareg V8 TDI, at the local Seetla Primary School and embarked on a door-to-door campaign on foot.

He went from house to house informing residents about the ruling party’s 99th birthday celebrations and Zuma’s address, which is an NEC statement that sets out what the ruling plans to do during the course of the year.

Although Limpopo is his home province, the residents had no idea who Chabane was.

“Who are you? Where are you from? What do you want?” asked an elderly woman.

To which Chabane responded: “I am Chabane. We have been sent by the ANC, the party you vote for during elections, to tell you about the 99th birthday celebration on Saturday.”

The purpose of the door-to-door campaign was to tell residents that buses were available to take them to the stadium for free.

Many people expressed eagerness to attend the event. Chabane said: “The most important thing to me is to see how people receive the message.”

The ANC remained a relevant political organisation, he said.

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