A house, a bed and a stove — Mabuza makes bold campaign promise

18 November 2018 - 12:51 By Naledi Shange
David Mabuza promises houses to residents of the Gert Sibande region in Mpumalanga.
David Mabuza promises houses to residents of the Gert Sibande region in Mpumalanga.
Image: Masi Losi

Deputy President David Mabuza on Sunday promised to provide houses to residents of the Gert Sibande region of Mpumalanga — and in one case, provide a bed and a stove to boot.

Mabuza was out and about as part of the ANC's "Thuma Mina" (send me) campaign ahead of the 2019 national general elections.

He met with residents of the Gert Sibande region, where he promised that immediate action would be taken to build houses for some community members.

"I can see you are not living in a good condition," Mabuza was heard saying to one woman.

A clip of his interaction with the woman was posted on the Twitter page of ANC election committee chairperson Fikile Mbalula.

"We will now fix your house. Once we have fixed it up, we will buy you a bed, put in a toilet for you, give you a stove — there is electricity in this place, right?" Mabuza asks.

"Yes," those around him reply. 

"We will put in electricity in your house, bring you blankets and put in a fridge for you to store food which you will have bought. Do you hear me?" he asked the woman.

Mabuza committed to building a house, which has two bedrooms, for the family, saying they could then fetch their children whom they had sent off to live with relatives because of the condition of their home.

"I won't forget this place and I will come unannounced to check," he said.

Mabuza also committed to building a house for another man he met while on his door-to-door campaign.

But besides a house, the man also asked Mabuza whether he could also help him find a wife. Mabuza didn't seem to have an answer for that request.

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