Food parcels handed out at voters’ campaign

2016-08-03 06:00
OLLY MLAMLELI, the ANC-elect mayoral candidate for the Mangaung Metro, addresses a crowd of black and white potential voters on Thursday (28/07). She spoke at the fire station in Ehrlich Park, Bloemfontein, ahead of ­voters going to the polls to vote in the country’s 2016 local municipality election on Wednesday (03/08).        Photo: Teboho Setena

OLLY MLAMLELI, the ANC-elect mayoral candidate for the Mangaung Metro, addresses a crowd of black and white potential voters on Thursday (28/07). She spoke at the fire station in Ehrlich Park, Bloemfontein, ahead of ­voters going to the polls to vote in the country’s 2016 local municipality election on Wednesday (03/08). Photo: Teboho Setena

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OLLY MLAMLELI, ANC-elect mayoral candidate for the Mangaung Metro Municipality, has encouraged poor white voters in Bloemfontein to seek employment in the government’s Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).

She made this call on Thursday (28/07) at the Ehrlich Park fire station in Bloemfontein, during an election campaign to lure white voters to vote for her party.

Currently the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Human Settlements, Mlamleli said a large number of white people residing in Ehrlich Park (in Ward 19) were retired professionals.

According to Mlamleli, most of the residents living in Ward 19 are on the indigent list and living in poverty, citing high rate of unemployment as the main factor.

Residents put to Mlamleli their needs which include a clinic and help with transport for learners, as well as employment.

In response she told them to utilise health services provided by the Batho Clinic which is about 7 km away from the area. Residents raised the issue of title deeds for their houses.

Mlamleli said the provincial government was dealing with title deed disputes faced by residents of Erhlich Park and pointed out that some of the houses have been occupied illegally.

“Some title deeds should be transferred to original owners,” said Mlamleli.

During the campaign event, attendees received food hampers.

One of the residents of Ehrlich Park, Lizbeh Jordaan (64), said she was thankful for the food parcels distributed by the ANC at the gathering, but remained mum on whether she will vote for the party on Wednesday (03/08).

Barei Mosiane Segotso, the ANC Women’s League Free State convenor, asked residents to vote for the ANC, “so that the ANC-led government can continue to make a change in people’s lives.”

She mentioned social welfare grants as some of the reasons why residents should vote for the ruling party.

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