ANC throws down by-election gauntlet

2016-11-09 06:00
Elated home owner Nomvano Sonjica (right) kisses ANC Ward 14 by-election candidate Dolly Buti during the handover of the revamped house.                     PHOTO: NCEBA DLADLA

Elated home owner Nomvano Sonjica (right) kisses ANC Ward 14 by-election candidate Dolly Buti during the handover of the revamped house. PHOTO: NCEBA DLADLA

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THE ANC in Nelson Mandela Bay has thrown down the gauntlet against opposition parties in the by-elections in Ward 4 and 14 scheduled for today.

The elected candidate in Ward 4 was murdered on the eve of the August 3 local government elections, while the person elected in Ward 14 resigned soon after.

ANC Ward 14 candidate Dolly Buti, who is competing with the DA, EFF, COPE, AIC and UFEC, presented “a carry ANC” message before New Brighton residents on Friday when she handed over a revamped house to the Sonjica family in Ferguson Street.

The house was damaged by a car when the driver was involved in a shootout allegedly with gang members. He died in hospital a few hours later.

Tobela Sonjica (32) said she still had vivid memories of the silver grey Polo that knocked down the fence and the wall and windows of their dining room, leaving them almost hopeless but glad that her 69-year-old mother Nomvano had not been at home and brother Aphiwe (15) had been in the kitchen.

After politicians visited the house and promised assistance, like the DA offering a temporary structure, the Ubutyebi Trust, a non-government organisation headed by Mthwabo Ndube, at the behest of ANC members and Buti, finally offered assistance and repaired the house.

Ndube said the trust, formed with funds from Sweden, was assisting poverty stricken families whose houses had been burnt or destroyed and who were without insurance.

Buti was accompanied by ANC leaders who included MP Zukiswa Rantho, ANC Women’s League provincial secretary Nolitha Ntobongwana and councillors Yoliswa Payi, Jimmy Tutu and Ncediso Captain.

This act, according to Buti, was a sign that the ANC delivered on the promises of a better life for all.

She urged ANC supporters who had shown anger and disappointment by not voting in August to forgive the ANC and vote today.

“We urge voters to think of utata (Nelson Mandela), after whom the metro municipality is named.

“How could he feel knowing that this municipality is headed by the DA? We know you withheld your votes in August and handed the metro over on a silver platter to the DA. Please come and vote,” said MP Rantho, who with other ANC leaders is deployed by the ANC to “take back the metro.”

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