ANC promises set of false teeth to elderly supporter

2014-04-10 00:00

A 72-YEAR-OLD Hammarsdale woman yesterday described President Jacob Zuma’s visit to her household as a blessing.

Maria Nzimande made the comment when Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo made an undertaking in the presence of Zuma and Premier Senzo Mchunu that Nzimande be given a brand new set of false teeth before the Easter weekend.

Nzimande had expressed her wish for false teeth to Zuma when he visited her household as part of canvassing for votes in the area.

Zuma had told the Nzimandes that they would be visiting the households during the parliamentary recess to assess how the ANC-led government had governed in the past 20 years.

“We also want to hear from you because there are those people who will speak for you,” he said.

Nzimande said she had no complaints against the government.

“I am being treated very well,” she said. “There is electricity and water,” she said about services provided by the municipality.

When asked about the local councillor, Nzimande showered the local councillor with praises.

But, she said her only wish was to have teeth so that she could chew meat.

This prompted Zuma to ask Dhlomo to respond, and in return the MEC, who is also the ANC chairperson in the eThekwini region, said the ward councillor and Nzimande should make arrangements with the local hospital.

He said if the necessary arrangements were made, Nzimande could have her set of false teeth before the Easter weekend.

Earlier Nzimande had danced before welcoming Zuma and others to her house.

During their conversation it emerged that Zuma will be turning 72 on Saturday. Nzimande wasted no time and wished the president a happy birthday.

Nzimande later told The Witness she had always seen Zuma on television and had wished to meet him.

“I am so happy to speak to my presi­dent. I have long wished to meet him because I have seen only on television.”

Nzimande’s son, Joe Spirit, showered the ANC government with praises for delivering services.

“Rome was never built in one day. In the 20 years a lot has been done. We say keep it up,’ he said.

Zuma said they were encouraged by the kind words.

mayibongwe.maqhina@witness.co.za

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