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Tue Jul 26 00:06:16 SAST 2016

ANC brass fail to show up for Cape residents

Aphiwe Deklerk | 11 February, 2016 00:58
"I was attending the chief whip planning meeting for tomorrow's [State of the Nation Address] and I am sure others have got their own reasons which I don't know," said Kodwa. File photo
Image by: Judy de Vega/The Herald

Just two days into the ANC's latest campaign to woo voters in the Western Cape, several key leaders have failed to turn up for their door-to-door campaigns, leaving residents frustrated.

African Union chairman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and ministers Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Tina Joemat-Peterson, Fikile Mbalula and Derek Hanekom all failed to pitch, leaving branch leaders to interact with the community.

Others pitched up late in the day, only dealing with ANC members.

Dlamini-Zuma was scheduled for a door-to-door stomp in Guguletu on Tuesday. Yesterday Madikizela-Mandela was due to visit Nyanga and Bonteheuwel townships.

ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa, who didn't pitch up for his event in Khayelitsha on Tuesday, said he didn't know why others hadn't honoured their obligations.

"I was attending the chief whip planning meeting for tomorrow's [State of the Nation Address] and I am sure others have got their own reasons which I don't know," said Kodwa.

"You did see others made it. Bheki Cele and others went," he said.

Lazola Gungxe, a member of the ANC regional leadership in the Cape Town Metro, said they were expecting ministers Rob Davies and Bathabile Dlamini, with Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini and ANC MP Thoko Didiza, in Du Noon near Tableview, but the group had not pitched.

"We didn't know whether or not they were around Cape Town. We organised ANC volunteers to be available and when they didn't pitch, we decided to continue with the job. We only heard after 11am that their flight was delayed," said Gungxe.

The ANC is on a mission to clean up its image in the Western Cape as the build-up to this year's local government elections intensifies.

The deployment of top guns like Dlamini-Zuma was expected to boost its image among voters after the party was hit with scandals including a sexual harassment case which saw its provincial chairman, Marius Fransman, asked to step aside.

Provincial secretary Faiez Jacobs is also suspended after he allegedly assaulted a staff member at the party's offices.

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