EFF hopes to sway votes in eThekwini

2013-11-12 00:00

THE Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are hoping to use the disgruntlement amongst those who live in Durban’s informal settlements to win votes in eThekwini.

Political analyst Protas Madlala said the ANC leadership should very worried about losing the vote of those who are most upset by the lack of service delivery.

“If I was an ANC leader I would be worried because EFF is not alone in recruiting members in the informal settlements, the DA is part of that too,” he said.

Madlala said the ANC may not have an outright majority when the election results were counted. “We have people who are members of the ANC who are not interested in voting,” he said.

“EFF seems very organised from the local body to its national body. The ANC will feel the EFF impact,” he said.

However, the ANC maintains it is not nervous about EFF advancing into its most powerful region in the country.

Party spokesperson Senzo Mkhize said the EFF was being opportunistic in using the plight of the poor. He said the ANC was dealing with the concerns of the people in informal settlements.

“In our door-to-door campaign, people raise genuine concerns. We are also not happy about the condition our people live under. The ANC has long identified the problems in a number of informal settlements including Jika Joe in Pietermaritzburg, Kennedy Road and Bottle Brush in Chatsworth,” said Mkhize.

“We have received a report from eThekwini municipality on their plan to take some people in shacks to Cornubia and that is part of our plan to address these issues.”

In recent weeks, EFF and ANC members have engaged in tit-for-tat confrontations.

Last month, EFF members in red berets tried to force municipal mayor James Nxumalo out of Kennedy Road informal settlement. Nxumalo had delivered meat parcels to residents as part of his outreach programme. A group of red berets led residents to vent their anger over the council’s failure to deliver houses, dishing out food parcels instead. They barricaded the roads and burned rubbish.

Last week, EFF’s plan to donate a wendy house to a woman whose shack was burnt down backfired when ANC members chased them away.

Abahlali baseMjondolo movement spokesperson Mnikelo Ndabankulu said it was disheartening to see the ANC playing with the lives of the poor.

EFF KZN convener Reggie Ngcobo accused the ANC of misleading people.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.