‘uMngeni winnable’ — DA

2011-04-02 00:00

DEMOCRATIC Alliance Leader Helen Zille yesterday toyi-toyied her way down a street in Mpophomeni, in uMngeni Municipality, followed by a group of followers. Zille dubbed uMngeni Municipality as the DA’s most winnable municipality in KZN.

Greg Krumbrock, constituency leader for the area, said that with the party needing just three more seats to take control of the municipality, the DA is well-positioned in this election.

Zille’s entourage through Mphophmeni was lead by the party’s ward candidate Zodwa Maphanga, who took them to a house where raw sewage has been running through the yard for four years.

Using stepping stones over what she described as crossing a river of raw sewage and the worst she has ever seen, Zille visited the home owner.

She remarked on the municipal trucks parked nearby saying, “when they heard that the DA was coming here they quickly brought the big trucks to fix the problem. They did not want me to see how big the problem was.”

There were initially a few ANC onlookers, but the numbers soon swelled and on her walkabout Zille got a mixed reaction. She was greeted by some and told to “voetsak” by others. She attempted to shake hands with a resident who said, “don’t touch me.”

The DA leader later described her visit to Mphophomeni as spirited and friendly. She said initially there was fun interaction with a small group of ANC supporters, but as numbers grew the crowd became a little menacing.

This was par for the course when electioneering, said Zille. “In the past we have been through a lot worse, people’s houses were burned. I had rocks and chairs hurled at me …

“South Africa has made significant strides in enabling us to mobilse. Five years ago we would not have been able to set foot in Mphophomeni and what we experienced this morning was pretty relaxed.”







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