Give the ANC a chance – Jessie Duarte

2014-03-16 06:00

ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte has asked the community of Westbury outside Joburg to give the ANC a chance to see an improvement in their lives.

Duarte conducted door-to-door campaigning yesterday morning in the area where the local councillor belongs to the DA while the municipality falls under the ANC-controlled City of Johannesburg.

She said residents complained mainly about jobs although other local issues were raised such as grass-cutting and housing.

She said none of the members of the community raised complaints about President Jacob Zuma or anything related to the Nkandla debacle.

“There was not a single household that asked about the president,” she said.

Elsewhere, in Jacksonville, Port Elizabeth, Zuma was booed yesterday by community members who said they were tired of empty promises.

Read: PE residents boo Zuma but ANC supporters gather to welcome him

Duarte was dismissive of polls that projected the ANC getting less than 50% of the vote in Gauteng.

“I don’t know where City Press gets those numbers from because what we are getting on the ground is different. In any case, we don’t discuss our research with anyone. I say, let’s wait for the elections on May 7.”

Read: ANC’s 45% poll panic

Duarte and the local ANC leadership have promised to ensure that industries in the area prioritise locals for employment instead of hiring people from outside.

“It is very clear that the local DA councillors are not servicing the community. They are not raising their issues in councils. We made an example of how Soweto has developed to say that Westbury is an old township and it also needs a revamp.”

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