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Baby hugging, dietary advice all part of a day's electioneering work

2016-07-07 18:39
IEC voting station. (Elmarie Jack, News24)

Johannesburg - Drum majorettes, diet tips and bold party colours adorning dusty streets across South Africa are all part of a day's work for politicians contesting next month's local government elections.

Marching drum majorettes adorned in yellow T-shirts with the image of a beaming President Jacob Zuma, welcomed ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to Taung on Thursday.

"The ANC is a merchant of hope; it's a merchant of service delivery," Ramaphosa said, according to the party's Twitter feed, while on his visit to the area.

He was photographed hugging a small child, meeting the party's mayoral candidate Kgosi Mohlabane and meeting shoppers at the Taung mall.

Meanwhile, Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema took some time out from his campaigning in Rustenburg to share his weight loss secrets with news channel eNCA.

“You must eat healthy; you must exercise and then quit sugar and alcohol. Because that is what I have done. You have to be strict on it; don't compromise,” he said.

Giant billboards

Malema, dressed in a striped top and red beret, revealed his secret weapon in the battle of the bulge: “My wife is very supportive,” he told eNCA.

Speaking to supporters at the Marikana West taxi rank, Malema took credit for solving a number of the country's recent problems.

"We said to you we would solve the Nkandla corruption; now we have succeeded to resolve it. We said Guptas must leave South Africa, and they are gone. We marched to SABC and said Hlaudi is messing up, now everyone, two years later, is marching there," he declared, according to the party’s official Twitter account.

The Democratic Alliance, in its bid to stay in the public's eye, on Thursday unveiled a giant billboard reading: “Thoko Didiza – proudly brought to you by Jacob Zuma” on the side of a building in central Pretoria. The ANC nominated Didiza as its Tshwane mayoral candidate last month. Party members unhappy with the decision protested, looted, and destroyed public property.

Residents of Khutsong, Carletonville, told ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe they wanted the government to give them jobs.


"Our children don't work; they need jobs.  We rely on grants but we also need jobs for our children," Masabata Ramosa told Mantashe.

The 59-year-old called her two daughters and their children to meet Mantashe during his door-to-door campaigning in the area.

ANC national chairperson Baleka Mbete was scheduled to visit Nkangala in Mpumulanga. The party’s treasurer general Zweli Mkhize was spotted handing out party T-shirts on the West Rand, Gauteng.

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