15 October 2021
Writer: Sphe J Hadebe
At the mini-rally, Ramaphosa greeted the crowd and began his campaign speech. However,it was not long after he started speaking, he was then interrupted by screaming residents who hurled insults at the local councillor.
Although Ramaphosa tried to calm the situation but it got worse to the extent that he shouted at the crowd and said sternly: “Keep quiet. You are drunk.”
He then jokingly added: “When it is this hot and you drink alcohol, it is fermenting inside you and drives you crazy.”
A local ANC member, Lebohang Tifo, said this: “The problem is they have brought the president and we were expecting the president is going to attend to our problems.
“The processes at ward 31 and ward 32 were nullified because the guidelines were not followed, especially in ward 31. We are not going to accept the ward councillors at ward 31 and 32.”
It will be remembered that even in Soweto and Tembisa, he had a similar encounter.
Another resident Lesego Gutvao said residents had been “going back and forth” trying to deal with complaints against their local government representatives.
“We started by closing the IEC [Electoral Commission voting station] because our grievances were not met. Then we went to close the legislature at Sisulu House and Luthuli House, hoping they will attend to them. Even today, we are still waiting.”
He said the community was “tired of the killings of comrades in ward 32”.
He said one ANC member was shot 22 times at his home, and Godfrey Gauwe was also murdered.
Sello Mello complained of corruption in the area.
“We need councillors who listen to the ANC and if they do not, we will refer them to the rules of the ANC,” he said.
Eventually the crowd was brought under control and Ramaphosa continued with his campaign message.
“Let us go out in our numbers on November 1. We are going back to Luthuli House to tell them you are going to vote for the ANC.”
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