Durban - The ANC took their voter registration campaign into the heart of rural KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday, with party treasurer General Zweli Mkhize touring villages in the province’s central highland on Sunday.
Mkhize, the former Premier of the Province, was welcomed to the district of Emaswazini near Taylor’s Halt amidst much fanfare.
The Emaswazini Hall where Mkhize addressed the community nearly had its shaky corrugated iron roof blown by two groups of singers, who successfully drowned out the listless bellowing of a cow in a field outside.
Speaking to News24 ahead of his address, Mkhize said that they were on the campaign trail in an effort to “mobilise the young”.
“We believe it is important that our young people play a central role in the election of our government by using their right to vote,” he said.
“Local government is about local issues like water, waste removal and housing and these are the people that will be working closely with our communities,” he added.
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Mkhize said that while staunch support from a traditional ANC stronghold was welcomed, there was no need for violence as the elections approached.
“There is no need for fighting, violence, burning barricades or disruptions. What is important is that our people understand the processes that must be followed.”
He said that of great importance was the voters roll.
“We have come to the rural areas to encourage people to register and to make sure that they register in the correct place where they live. We have lots of supporters here and they are worthy of our attention, because later we will be back with our election campaign,” he said.
Mkhize touched on recent violent protests at the country’s universities in his message to the youth.
“We have been very well received but we would like to see more young people. The youth need to be aware that there has been significant investment in infrastructure that has gone to building the education system for their benefit and that is part of our democracy: they must understand that,” he said.
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