Zille slammed for Manenberg no-show

Zille cancelled a visit to a registration station in Manenberg following violence in the area.

FILE: Western cape ANC leader Marius Fransman critisised Helen Zille for pulling out of a visit to a registration station in Manenberg on Saturday 8 February 2014. Picture: Chanel September/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - ANC leader in the Western Cape, Marius Fransman, has criticised Premier Helen Zille's decision to cancel a visit to a troubled registration station in Manenberg.

Zille was meant to visit the station on Saturday but backed out after several shootings were reported just outside the centre.

Fransman says Zille citing that her personal safety was at risk cannot be used as an excuse.

He says Zille backing out of a visit to the registration centre at the Manenberg Commuity Centre means she doesn't care about the community.

Fransman says incidents of shootings are an everyday occurrence in the area and adds Zille owes it to residents to address the problem.

Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) officials and political party members say they had to quickly dash into the centre yesterday when rival gangsters fired several shots close to the station.

They say this happened three times and as a result people have been reluctant to visit the centre to be registered to vote.