Granny: ‘Stop abandoning poor areas once we vote you into power’

2011-05-18 12:23

One of ANC Youth League president Julius Malema’s neighbours has accused local politicians of abandoning her and others in the poor townships for big towns and cities once they were voted into power.

100-year-old Nelly Motlatso Masedi said local councillors had a tendency of relocating from Seshego Township to the city of Polokwane almost immediately after tasting power, leaving the poor with very little access to them.

Masedi complained about her unreliable electricity supply, street lights which were regularly switched off and the nearly half of her pension money she spent on rent, saying she was left with little money to make ends meet.

The pensioner lives in Moruleng Section of Seshego, a stone’s throw from the youth leader’s home. “We have voted, but tomorrow they will leave us here in Seshego to stay in town. I want them to reduce my rent. I pay R400 for water, electricity and rent and it is too much,” she said after casting her ballot shortly before Malema arrived.

Other pensioners at the Mponegele Primary School, where Malema voted with his granny Sarah, were also in a jubilant mood as they waited in the queue to cast their ballots.

Malema’s arrival delighted them, and he was greeted with some ululating as he took time to shake their hands.

“We are happy to see you. We only see you on TV nowadays,” said an excited Julia Ramotshela (71).

Malema later said the ANC had done well with service delivery in the area, especially water, electricity and RDP houses. Malema admitted that there were still service delivery challenges.

Unemployment and poverty remained major challenges in Seshego, he added, but his party was paying attention to that.

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