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Manenberg ready to welcome Zuma

The president is campaigning in CT communities ahead of the general elections.

President Jacob Zuma visited Hangberg, Hout Bay, where he was addressing and listening to crowds, accompanied by Western Cape ANC leader, Marius Fransman. Picture: Nicky Carter.

CAPE TOWN - A large crowd of Manenberg residents have welcomed President Jacob Zuma to the area.

Zuma is conducting door to door visits to listen to residents' grievances.

It forms part of the president's grassroots campaign ahead of the 2014 elections.

Some residents say the issues they want to discuss with the president are the ones that plague their community, including unemployment and gangsterism.

But one resident is sceptical, saying the president's only reason for visiting is because the elections are drawing closer.

"When the gangsters are shooting, we don't see them. Why are they coming now?"

Earlier, Zuma told shack dwellers in Hout Bay he was shocked to see the conditions in which they are living under the Democratic Alliance-led municipality.

The Western Cape is the only province that is led by the DA.

The ANC says it plans to win it back in the next elections.