W Cape far from perfect - Zuma

The president says he's shocked to discover the living conditions of poor people under the DA’s rule.

Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman and President Jacob Zuma speak to Cape Town residents about their living conditions. Picture: Nicky Carter.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma has expressed surprise at living conditions in parts of the mother city, saying government has always been told that all is well in the Western Cape.

Zuma visited Hout Bay, Manenbeg and Gugulethu and spoke to residents about their living conditions.

It formed part of his grassroots campaign ahead of the 2014 general elections.

Hundreds of Manenberg residents cheered loudly as Zuma, along with Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and provincial ANC leader Marius Fransman, arrived in the area.

Zuma went into two houses where the occupants told him about their problems with gangsterism, unemployment and substance abuse.

Zuma told them he was would definitely be back to ensure change was brought into their communities.

The president said he was especially shocked when he met a 74-year-old resident who is about to be evicted.

The Western Cape is the only province that is not run by the ANC.

The ANC government has promised to improve the living conditions of the poor if it is voted into power in that province.

It's been marred by numerous service delivery protests in recent weeks, with residents from Khayelitsha and Gugulethu demanding better sanitation.

Some communities still use the bucket system and recently protesters dumped human waste outside the provincial legislature.

Scores of people were arrested but they have vowed to continue fighting for proper toilets.