EFF hopes to sway votes in eThekwini

2013-11-12 00:00

THE Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) are hoping to use the disgruntlement amongst those who live in Durban’s informal settlements to win votes in eThekwini.

Political analyst Protas Madlala said the ANC leadership should very worried about losing the vote of those who are most upset by the lack of service delivery.

“If I was an ANC leader I would be worried because EFF is not alone in recruiting members in the informal settlements, the DA is part of that too,” he said.

Madlala said the ANC may not have an outright majority when the election results were counted. “We have people who are members of the ANC who are not interested in voting,” he said.

“EFF seems very organised from the local body to its national body. The ANC will feel the EFF impact,” he said.

However, the ANC maintains it is not nervous about EFF advancing into its most powerful region in the country.

Party spokesperson Senzo Mkhize said the EFF was being opportunistic in using the plight of the poor. He said the ANC was dealing with the concerns of the people in informal settlements.

“In our door-to-door campaign, people raise genuine concerns. We are also not happy about the condition our people live under. The ANC has long identified the problems in a number of informal settlements including Jika Joe in Pietermaritzburg, Kennedy Road and Bottle Brush in Chatsworth,” said Mkhize.

“We have received a report from eThekwini municipality on their plan to take some people in shacks to Cornubia and that is part of our plan to address these issues.”

In recent weeks, EFF and ANC members have engaged in tit-for-tat confrontations.

Last month, EFF members in red berets tried to force municipal mayor James Nxumalo out of Kennedy Road informal settlement. Nxumalo had delivered meat parcels to residents as part of his outreach programme. A group of red berets led residents to vent their anger over the council’s failure to deliver houses, dishing out food parcels instead. They barricaded the roads and burned rubbish.

Last week, EFF’s plan to donate a wendy house to a woman whose shack was burnt down backfired when ANC members chased them away.

Abahlali baseMjondolo movement spokesperson Mnikelo Ndabankulu said it was disheartening to see the ANC playing with the lives of the poor.

EFF KZN convener Reggie Ngcobo accused the ANC of misleading people.

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