Mpophomeni welcomes ANC top brass with open arms

2016-03-07 13:19
The provincial chairperson of the ANC, Sihle Zikalala, interacting with members of the community during his visit to Mpophomeni.

The provincial chairperson of the ANC, Sihle Zikalala, interacting with members of the community during his visit to Mpophomeni. (Supplied)

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Pomp and ceremony in KZN as Zweli Mkhize encourages youth to vote

2016-03-06 15:31

ANC treasurer General Zweli Mkhize, former KwaZulu-Natal Premier, was welcomed to the district of Emaswazini near Taylor’s Halt amidst much fanfare. WATCH

Pietermaritzburg - The KZN ANC top brass were warmly welcomed by supporters in Mpophomeni township yesterday during a visit to the area over the voter registration weekend.

The area is traditionally ANC-governed and newly elected provincial chairperson Sihle Zikalala said they aim to keep things as they stand.

Zikalala was accompanied by ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize and other party officials.

“There are no other political parties that have the capacity to deliver and change the lives of the people other than the ANC,” said Zikalala.

“We just want to consolidate the area, we are the ruling party here and we are happy for the warm welcome we received here,” he said

An elderly member of the community, Duduzile Mchunu, said: “We are happy to see the leadership here. What delights me most is their visit to the family of the veteran women’s league member who passed away last week. She … was very influential to our community.”

Mkhize also visited the district of Emaswazini near Taylor’s Halt.

Mkhize said ahead of his address that they were on the campaign trail to “mobilise the young”. “We believe it is important 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.

“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.

• thabang.mathebula@witness.co.za

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