Brits - About 500 ANC supporters gathered in Sonop near
Brits on Tuesday afternoon to wait for ANC leader Jacob Zuma
, who was scheduled
to arrive in the morning.
Dressed in yellow party T-shirts, they were seated in two
tents while others were standing next to the tents.
They had been waiting for Zuma to arrive in their area
since the morning.
Zuma was in a meeting with traditional and religious
leaders behind closed doors at the Madibeng municipal building.
Zuma was in Brits to canvass votes for the ANC in the 7 May
George Peta, a Lonmin mineworker, said he expected Zuma
to end the strike in the platinum belt.
"He is the leader of the country. I think he should
intervene in the strike and order Amcu [Association of Mineworkers and
Construction Union] and mines to reach a settlement," he said.
Peta, a member of the Amcu, said he was starving at home.
"I cannot raise my concerns in a meeting. They will
kill me. Many of us want to go to work."
Amcu members at Lonmin, Impala and Anglo American
Platinum downed tools on 23 January demanding a basic salary of R12 500 per
Mining companies had offered an increase of ten percent
and threatened to take the offer direct to workers after talks collapsed on
Access to the community hall was strictly controlled.
Everyone arriving was screened with a metal detector at the gate.
Three Volkswagen Beetles in ANC colours were racing in
the street near the hall.
A bakkie in ANC colours played the party election song
Y-tjukutja from loudspeakers while young people danced to its beat.