Singing, dancing in Masiphumelele as parties brush aside talk of competition

2016-08-03 15:58

Cape Town - Children danced and sang with a group of ANC supporters, while others loitered in the streets of Masiphumelele on Wednesday.

Metro police, in vehicles parked at Ukhanyo Primary School, kept an eye on the gathering of around 50 people.

Tables manned by members of the EFF, ANC and DA stood lined up opposite the voting station, as David Sitishini, 40, and his friends listened to music.

"The big problem here is beer. Even the piccaninnies [little children] is drinking here," he said, pointing to young teens strolling around.

"I am not drinking. The kids fight and shout if you try to stop them, because they say you are not their mom or dad," said Sitishini, who has lived in the area for two years and welds pipes for a living.

No competition

He had voted for a councillor who he thought the young people might respect and listen to, he said.

"I have voted for the one who will sort this out. This ward must be nice and clean."

Local EFF organiser Matsepiso Stuurman said people had snatched up their membership forms.

"They wanted change and asked about free schools, jobs and development," she said.

The ANC's Wendy Maqala pointed to the crowd gathered around her table and said there was no competition.

DA youth leader Siphenathi Kimbi also brushed talk of competition aside, and added that he was sure their councillor would be re-elected. He claimed some residents had bullied them.

"They see DA in a black community and call you a sell-out, a stranger and [that you're] being used by white people. We are not worried. We know what democracy means."

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