ANC manifesto meeting becomes a complaints forum

2013-10-14 00:00

RESIDENTS of Ulundi and Zululand yesterday gave the ANC leaders, including Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, catalogues of complaints and wish lists for their communities.

Mokonyane, as a member of the national executive committee, listened to the complaints along with provincial leader Nomvuzo Shabalala. They were attending a manifesto forum meeting at the old legislature building in Ulundi.

The forum formed part of the ANC’s campaign to listen and report back on its achievements since 1994.

“Every voter has a right to advise on what the ANC is expected to do after the elections,” Mokonyane told the people representing various interest groups.

She said the listening campaign formed part of the ANC tradition, dating back to when it was formed and when the Freedom Charter was adopted.

“The ANC has been the only party that works on and leads the people on the basis of a plan,” Mokonyane said.

The meeting was attended by people from several interest groups, including Tutu Buthelezi, the son of IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

Yesterday’s visit occurred as the ANC makes a big push in the Zululand district, a stronghold of the IFP and NFP.

The ANC hopes to win municipalities in the area in 2016.

The party is already campaigning in Nongoma ahead of three by-elections to be held later this month. Yesterday, ANC KZN chairperson and premier, Senzo Mchunu, was in Nongoma campaigning for by-elections.

At Ulundi, there were no incidents reported and the police monitored the meeting.

Although interest groups were expected to make suggestions on the manifesto, the meeting turned into a people’s forum as residents aired their grievances and wishes on service delivery issues such as the lack of water and electricity in certain areas.

They also used the meeting to shower the ANC with praise for bringing about development and services.

A resident who identified himself as Mr Zulu complained about the lack of an information centre and having to travel to Durban to access certain services.

Skhumbuzo Kuzwayo of Nkonjeni asked that dams be cleaned, grazing fields be fenced and access roads upgraded.

Nonkululeko Zondo of Vryheid asked government to ensure that co-operatives benefitted from the school nutrition programme and that contracts be given to feed pupils at one school rather than only one co-op providing food to 10 schools while others did not benefit.

Taxi owner Sicelo Dlamini asked that the taxi industry be subsidised and that the bus rapid transportation system benefit taxi operators when introduced in KZN.

Mdumzeni Zuma of Isolabantu NGO asked that MECs stop conducting sod-turning for development projects that are never implemented.

Zuma also asked that government to stop awarding tenders to a single person, but look at benefiting a number of people in development projects.

Nkosi Bhekisa Shezi complained on behalf of indunas, a hierarchy within the traditional leadership, and secretaries of traditional councils, whom the government was not paying though it had promised to do so.

Taxi operator Skumbuzo Ntloze asked that government help establish a skills centre to equip taxi drivers with skills.

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