Zuma campaigns in Mpumalanga

2011-05-10 10:49

President Jacob Zuma is today campaigning at Nokaneng in the Dr JS Moroka municipality in Mpumalanga, meeting with local traditional leaders and canvassing door-to-door before winding up with a late afternoon rally.

The area is a staunch ANC stronghold – it took all 30 wards in 2006 and holds 53 of 60 seats on the municipality – but has been plagued by political infighting which has led to the firing of municipal manager, Monic Mathebela, being fired last month.

Zuma is first meeting with local ANC leaders before touring several development projects, including water, public transport and sanitation.

He will then meet local traditional leaders before doing door-to-door canvassing and addressing supporters in a brief rally.

Dr JS Moroka, which includes the Siyabuswa area, and five other rural municipalities fall under the Nkangala District Municipality of Mpumalanga.

The ANC also holds a lock on the district, with 214 of the 260 seats under its control.

JS Moroka is being contested by the ANC, the DA, the Sindawonye Progressive Party (SPP), the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) and several independents.

Today’s campaign has thus far been a particularly low-key affair, with activists conducting door-to-door work ahead of Zuma’s arrival.

The majority of those who have turned out are elderly people.

The bulk of the local working-age population are migrants or farm workers. Much of the district is made up of villages surrounded by large commercial and game farms and nature reserves.

Residents say the most important local issue is provision of water, followed by public transport and roads.

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