ANC takes election campaign to Marikana

ANC spokesperson Khusela Sangoni-Qhawe says today's visit proves the ruling party is welcome in the area.

An ANC electioneering vehicle. Picture: Tamsin Wort/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has visited the Marikana township on Saturday as the party continues its door to door election campaign.

Mantashe and other government officials from the area visited residents, who the party says welcomed then with open arms.

This is despite some areas such as Wonderkop in Marikana becoming no-go areas for the ANC shortly after the Marikana massacre in 2012.

ANC spokesperson Khusela Sangoni-Qhawe says today's visit proves the ruling party is welcome in the area.

"The people of Marikan know that the ANC has never left them and I think the reception the SG got was a testament to that fact. We went into various houses and everywhere we went people were speaking to their ANC saying these are the challenges and they have faith in the ANC's ability to resolve them."

Meanwhile, ANC stalwart Mountain Qumbela has been laid to rest in Cape Town on Saturday.

The- 83-year-old passed away last week after a long battle with diabetes.

Qumbela was a member of MK and the South African Communist Party (SACP) and is known for his work with the youth.

ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman was among those who attended the funeral.