DESPITE Sada people living in conditions of squalor, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said they still told him they loved the ANC and would not let other parties win in the area in the fast-approaching local government election.
Ramaphosa did a door-to-door campaign at the Hostel, an area where families share small houses. He met Mphuthumi Sgwentu, a wheelchair-bound man who became sick and later disabled.
People complained of the lack of housing and Ramaphosa said he was saddened by the living conditions at the Hostel.
“I was told the mother and father sleep in bed while the children sleep on the floor. I asked my comrades about these conditions and they said the municipality has a plan to build 1500 RDP houses,” Ramaphosa said.
The people responded by saying “they are lying”.
Ramaphosa said they would never lie to him. He said the people at the Hostel were on the list for the new RDP houses.
“This is a promise that will be fulfilled. I know you also complain of unemployment. We know you struggle, jobs are scarce all over the world. Our economy is not growing fast enough to create jobs, but the economy will allow job creation next year,” he said.
Ramaphosa said the government had given people grants and those grants were from the ANC.
“As the ANC we have made no-fee schools, nine million children eat at school for free, we give the elderly pensions, and that did not happen under the rule of the boers. The ANC government wants your life to be better,” he said to applause.
Ramaphosa said he was not happy with the state of roads, which needed repairs, adding that government was going to build dams to fight water shortages.
Ramaphosa was accompanied by ANC provincial deputy chairman Sakhumzi Somyo, ANC regional chairman Kholiswa Vimbayo, Women’s League national executive committee member Weziwe Tikana and ANC provincial organiser Mncedisi Nontsele.
He also addressed people at Ezibeleni Stadium after a door-to- door campaign at Unathi Mkefa.
“The ANC has worked for them and they still have challenges. The ANC will solve those challenges,” Ramaphosa said.
“Ezibeleni is the home of the ANC. Go and vote ANC so it can continue making your lives better.
“We appeal to young people to go to school. Those who have failed, repeat, and parents must not stay home with children who do not go to school. Force them to go to school because, with education, success is easier to achieve.”