Red berets woo disgruntled residents

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National Chairperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters, Victoria Mente addressing a meeting during the party's electoral caimpaign in Lethabong near Rustenburg, North West. Photo: Tebogo Letsie/City Press

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EFF national chairperson Veronica Mente has advised residents in the North West to take away power from the ANC in the upcoming local government elections.

She said the EFF was the best alternative as the party does not tolerate disrespect and corruption by its councillors, and can ensure that services are provided.

Mente was speaking at a small informal settlement called Soviet View in Lethabong, Rustenburg, on Thursday afternoon, where she held an impromptu community meeting under a tree with frustrated community members.

The residents, however, are unconvinced that the red berets will keep their word because the ANC previously made promises that never came to fruition.

Lethabong residents said they were tired of political parties only paying attention to their complaints during elections.

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Economic Freedom Fighters electoral caimpaign in Lethabong near Rustenburg, North West. Photo: Tebogo Letsie

“I understand the question about what the EFF can do differently to the ANC. We can come and listen, but we are not a majority in Bojanala, so there is not much we can do. We need to be truthful with ourselves when we vote on the November 1,” Mente said to a small group of community members.

The service delivery issues at Soviet View, which include lack of water and electricity, have not been attended to by the ANC-led Bojanala Platinum District Municipality since the shanty town was erected eight years ago.

The community challenged the EFF to assist them with obtaining title deeds for the land they occupy by the time they cast their votes. This is another of the promises made by the municipality which never materialised.

Just a few kilometres from Soviet View, Mente did a door-to-door to hear the concerns of the residents.

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National Chairperson of the Economic Freedom Fighters, Victoria Mente talking to Mpho Banda during the party's electoral caimpaign in Lethabong near Rustenburg, North West. Photo: Tebogo Letsie

Anna and George Mosiele said that they had supported the ANC for 27 years but had seen no change during this time.

When Mente arrived at the Mosiele home, Anna said she was doing laundry while she still could because “you never know when the water will be cut, so any opportunity there is water I try to do the laundry”.

She was angry over the issues they face on a daily basis.

“How is it possible for us to be voting for a party that has not made a difference for us? The councillor only come to us during elections and then they leave us afterwards. We need to give another political party a chance to show whether it can lead. We need change ... The problem is that they are fighting among themselves; this is not okay,” she said.

The EFF has hit the ground running in its election campaign with a consultative process that will inform the contents of its manifesto for the upcoming elections. Mente visited a number of areas in the North West this week, including Taung and Klerksdorp.

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Economic Freedom Fighters electoral caimpaign in Lethabong near Rustenburg, North West.Photo: Tebogo Letsie/City Press

The party will launch its manifesto on September 26 at Ghandi Square in Johannesburg.

Mente urged residents to go out in their numbers and vote for their preferred candidates as change is not possible if they decide not to.


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Queenin Masuabi 

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Queenin.Masuabi@citypress.co.za
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