Get me a wife for a vote, ANC hears
Durban - ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe heard of unfulfilled election promises when he campaigned in a coloured area in Durban’s polluted South Basin on Thursday.
Mantashe, who was making door-to-door visits in Wentworth, located near two oil refineries, was reminded of former President Thabo Mbeki’s undertakings to voters during the 2004 general elections campaign.
Some of these, which included refurbishment of dilapidated municipal flats, had not materialised, residents claimed.
“They promise they will fix that and that during campaigns and nothing happens. That is why I get cross,” said one man who did not want to be named.
He said he was a "Democratic Alliance man", but was disappointed by all political parties.
Mantashe was accompanied by KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairperson Zweli Mkhize. The areas Mantashe and Mkhize visited have two wards - one controlled by the DA and the other by the Inkatha Freedom Party.
Most residents welcomed the ANC leaders, but some were hostile. Brian Hargreaves told Mantashe, during a visit to a local supermarket, that he would vote for the ANC if he gave him R1 000 to buy groceries.
Shopkeeper Douglas Seethal said he would vote for the ruling party if Mantashe arranged a second wife for him.
“I need a second wife and I don’t have money to pay for ilobolo.”
More service delivery complaints were raised when Mantashe and Mkhize addressed a group of residents after their door-to-door visits.
They were asked to help reduce high electricity rates and start the process of transferring ownership of council flats to residents.
Although the ANC did not control the two wards, the ruling party was blamed for many service delivery problems.
Mantashe said people should not vote for other parties and then blame the ANC for poor services.
“Don’t vote the DA and blame the ANC. Vote it (ANC) and criticise it,” he said.