We are not happy, but we will still vote for ANC - Mandela Bay residents

2016-07-20 15:38

Port Elizabeth – Nelson Mandela Bay ANC supporters in KwaDwesi have expressed concern over the selection process of the candidate in the area.

But this would not prevent them from voting for the ANC.

The residents were speaking after a public meeting addressed by Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas on Wednesday.

Following the meeting, the Xundu village residents grumbled among themselves, calling the process of candidate selection flawed.

They said they were expecting to be addressed on the candidate issue by Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, and instead only Jonas had shown up, to encourage them to vote.

Their preferred candidate, Bongani Sibengile, had received more votes in the meetings, they said, and suddenly they were expected to vote for candidate Nomonde Poyo.

Mthuthuzeli Ngqandu said the process had not gone the right way.

"She had less numbers than our preferred candidate, and suddenly everything turned around. We re not going to vote for her. Don’t get me wrong, we are going to vote for the ANC, but not for her," he said.

He hastened to add that they did not have a problem with Poyo personally, they had just preferred another candidate.

The group complained that because they did not burn tyres, they were ignored.

They would always vote for the ANC, they said, they just wanted a different candidate.

The same group earlier in the afternoon fought over ANC T-shirts after the meeting, with some of the younger residents forcefully grabbing the T-shirts away from the older ones.

Addressing the crowd earlier, Jonas acknowledged that there were some challenges, but that they were dealing with them.

He urged them to go out in their numbers to support their candidate, and to make sure they voted for the ANC.