Ramaphosa doles out R100 notes for chicken feet

2015-01-07 21:58

A braaied chicken feet seller in Du Noon put up her prices from 50 cents to R5 each when she saw Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, his security detail and staff and a crowd of ANC campaigners coming up the road.

Former businessman Ramaphosa gave chicken feet seller Nontombi Mlandu R100 for some chicken feet, but didn't take any himself.

Mlandu shrieked and jumped up and down when Ramaphosa gave her the money without demanding change.

"In a day I make R120 if business is right, and on a bad day I make R80," Mlandu told City Press afterwards.

"He did buy chicken feet but I charged him R5. Normally it is 50 cents," she said.

Mlandu said when Ramaphosa came up to her initially, she complained about her house.

"I'm renting a shack in the back here... He said the houses are coming very soon," she said.

An ANC staffer said the ANC activists and staff would come back later to eat the chicken feet. She said Ramaphosa couldn't eat any food because it could be unsafe.

A few meters from Mlandu's chicken feet stand, Luvuyo Sawe and Batandwa Spotwana sold sausages and chicken wings to Ramaphosa. Sawe said the chicken wings normally go for R5 each, and that was what he charged Ramaphosa.

The deputy president gave him R100 for a purchase of R25 and told him to keep the change, said Sawe.

The ANC deputy president went to the informal settlement 20km outside Cape Town along the N7 towards the West Coast as part of his party's campaign to invite residents to the ANC's 103rd birthday celebrations in the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.

His walkabout resembled an elections campaign, and at the start of it he picked up a toddler to speak to her. He was thronged by residents when he walked through the streets on a sunny day with temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius.

Accompanied by heavily armed police guards, Ramaphosa listened to people's concerns about services in the areas and in a brief interview with journalists admitted the ANC could do more to improve things locally.

Ramaphosa told residents to use the free buses from the nearby taxi rank on Saturday to get to the ANC's rally.

Referring to Jacob Zuma, who usually gives the main speech at the rally, Ramaphosa told some men: "You have a personal appointment with the president."

Residents looked pleased to see Ramaphosa but some asked what was going on when they saw the ANC T-shirts.

One resident also remarked wryly on the Mercedes Benzes in Ramaphosa's cavalcade.

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