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We are hungry - Agitated ANC supporter screams after waiting for Ramaphosa for hours

2016-07-21 22:45
FILE: Cyril Ramaphosa (News24 Correspondent)

Durban - Agitated ANC members who waited three hours for ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to address them at an open field at eFolweni, south of Durban, could not hold back their anger on Thursday.

A woman was heard screaming: "Silambile," meaning, we are hungry, after waiting for several hours to hear Ramaphosa speak at the mini rally.

The crowed started gathering with excitement on the open field at around 13:00.

The supporters, who came from surrounding neighbourhoods including kwaMakhutha, Adams Mission, eZimbokodweni and Phindela, were bused in to the mini rally in about 20 buses.

They were kept entertained by various artists but as the sun began to set and the clock struck 16:40, Ramaphosa had still not arrived.

He had earlier interacted with the community of Inanda - which is where he presumably got held up - and when he finally arrived, he offered no apology or excuse for keeping the supporters waiting.

Unreliable service delivery

But some supported were not fazed and one of them was Bafunani Gertrude Sibiya from eNsimbini, who could not recall when she was born. Sibiya said she would continue to vote for the ANC, "no matter what".

"I will vote for [Jacob] Zuma, uMshini Wam," said the elderly woman who appeared to be in her late 80s.

She said, however, that service delivery in her area was sometimes unreliable.

"Sometimes we have water and sometimes the taps are dry. They never tell us what the problem is. But I will vote doll, don't worry."

The elderly woman, who was leaning on her walking stick for support, said she had electricity but asked the government to build her an RDP house because her house had collapsed and she was currently living in her son's house.

Another ANC supporter, Muzikayifani Makhanya, 64, also from Nsimbini, said there was no way that he would not go out to vote on August 3.

Service delivery protests

"We have everything here, we just need houses," said the pensioner.

First time voter Andiswa Nzimande, 18, came all the way from Illovu in Phase One, because she wanted to tell the ANC that she was fed up with the ward councillor.

"There are nine of us at home and we are sharing one bedroom. Our parents died and our councillor knows that but he has done nothing about it," she said.

The community has reportedly been plagued by service delivery protests. Earlier this year the community reportedly protested against the nomination of ward branch secretary Thokozani Xulu as the ruling party's candidate in the upcoming local government elections.

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