ANC heavyweights visit East London as part of party's nationwide drive ahead of #Elections2016

12 April 2016 - 19:57 By Malibongwe Dayimani


ANC heavyweights‚ including deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte and national executive committee (NEC) member Obed Bapela‚ visited the poverty-stricken informal settlement of Stoney Drift in Amalinda in East London on Tuesday afternoon. The visit was part of a nationwide drive by the ruling party to lure votes in the run-up to the August 3 local government elections.Residents were given an opportunity to voice their concerns to the leadership‚ which included Buffalo City Metropolitan (BCM) deputy mayor Xola Pakati and Eastern Cape health MEC Phumza Dyantyi.Housing backlogs‚ lack of water‚ electricity and sanitation were some of the problems cited by the residents.The ANC delegation took notes and promised to follow up on the grievances raised by the people.Duarte also welcomed three new members to the ANC - two from the Democratic Alliance (DA) and one from the Congress of the People (COPE) party.

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