Political party sends the ‘big guns’

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe talkes to Kwanele Marafane during his election campaign at Kosovo informal settlement.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, together with provincial leaders, urged residents to vote for the ruling party during their door-to-door campaign on Saturday in Kosovo informal settlement, which forms part of Ward 88 (Heinz Park, Philippi, Philippi Park, Lentegeur, south of R300, west of AZ Berman Drive, north of Highlands Drive, east of the railway line and New Woodlands).

Mr Mantashe said the ANC was the only party that could liberate the people of the Western Cape from oppression.

Among provincial leaders accompanying Mr Mantashe was provincial secretary and former Mitchell’s Plain resident and Beacon Hill matriculant Faiez Jacobs, provincial deputy chairman Khaya Magaxa and mayoral candidate,Xolani Sotashe.

“This is the only province that is still not liberated in this country. Out of the nine provinces, the Western Cape is the only province that needs to be liberated from the oppression. People need to vote for the ANC to win the municipality. People complain to us (ANC) about service delivery, but the province is ruled by the DA,” said Mr Mantashe.

“Let’s face reality, the ANC never won the Western Cape outright. Now we want to win outright so that we can govern the province,” said Mr Mantashe.

He emphasised that a potential win depended on how they communicated with the people.

“To win the province we depend on the work that we are doing today (Saturday) to talk to the people and convince those who are still unsure if they are going to vote. There is no time for dreaming, the final work is on August 3,” he said.

Mr Matashe said people wanted houses, water and electricity and he said should the ANC assume power in the province, they would provide these.

Mr Sotashe said developing informal settlements was among ANC priorities in the province.

“We will ensure that we get land, so that we can build houses closer to people’s places of work. In this current government in the province, we have two cities – one for the rich and one for poor people. As the ANC we want to ensure that we get land and build houses closer to the city. We want to implement integration, not what the DA is doing, taking black people and building houses for them on the outskirts,” said Mr Sotashe.

He accused the City of Cape Town of not having a plan for informal settlement residents.

“This is the time for people to liberate themselves by voting ANC next month. We already have a plan for job creation by establishing Expanded Public Works Programme projects to hire people,” he said.

Mr Magaxa refuted the suggestions that the ANC was fading away in their traditional stronghold communities, saying that in all the areas they had visited they received positive responses.

“Our objective is to maintain all our strongholds. We intend to make decisive inroads in areas that we never got support from before,” he said.

Mr Magaxa said they were unfazed by the exodus of ANC members who defected to the DA last month.

“The visibility of (ANC) leadership in our communities gives our members hope. And that (defection) motivates and encourages us to work non-stop,” he said.

One of the residents visited by Mr Mantashe, Sikhilili Nomdovu, 41, said he believed the ANC was the only party that had the will to change their lives.

“I’m going to vote for the ANC, and I believe that they can make a difference and change our lives. I’ve been here (Kosovo) since 1999 and there is little development happening,” said Mr Nomdovu.

He said his wish was to get a proper house for his family.

Kwanele Marafane, 39, said he also needs a proper place to stay. “I needed a house. I don’t care about electricity I just need a proper house to stay. This shack is leaking when it’s raining. I’m not working, I am surviving by getting temporary jobs to make money,” he said.