‘MaZille’ hits campaign dirt trail in bid to outdo ANC in its own region

2011-04-30 17:14

The battle of the rubbish collectors took place in Ikageng this week, with the DA and ANC the unlikely contestants.

On Thursday, the DA’s top brass descended on Tlokwe municipality’s township of Ikageng, North West, where the ANC has failed to register a candidate.
They were armed with earth-moving equipment and a truck to help clear heaps of rubbish apparently left uncollected for months.

This prompted the ANC-run municipality to activate its workforce to start removing piled-up rubbish to counter the DA’s charm offensive in their stronghold.

“MaZille” – as Zille was called by supporters during the door-to-door drive-about in the area – endeared herself to the crowd as she got behind the controls of an earth-moving tractor, scooping the stinking rubbish onto a truck.

In one instance she was helped up onto the roof of a truck ferrying her supporters, joined by DA candidate Jabulani Makhunga.

His mother, Nomoya, was allegedly assaulted last Sunday, in what the DA has described as a politically motivated attack.

“You don’t have to live like this here in Ikageng. You don’t have to live in filth because your council doesn’t collect the rubbish. You can make a different choice on May 18,” Zille urged supporters.

“It doesn’t help toyi-toying. You can say ‘kwanele kwanele’ (enough, enough) and vote for change.”

She urged the community not to vote for the party that only cares for itself, and which made them live in conditions where rubbish was not collected.

The DA electioneering machine was in full force, with cars blasting the party’s election theme song.

Supporters sang their lungs out in support of the leader they consider to be the country’s future president.

On the other side of the township, municipal trucks collected rubbish in fear of being outdone by the DA.

“Helen Zille my president,” the crowd sang.

Lucky Moeketsi (26), a resident of Extension 3, where Zille helped load heaps of rubbish onto the truck, said he appreciated what the DA was doing but that “was not enough to earn my vote”.

Moeketsi said: “I am happy with what they are doing, but I am just not ready to move over and vote DA.”

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