Mixed reaction to Zuma in Tshwane

Reactions from residents vary for Zuma as he campaigns ahead of the elections.

FILE: There has been mixed reaction in Tshwane townships where ANC President Jacob Zuma has been campaigning ahead of this year's elections. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - There has been mixed reaction in Tshwane townships where ANC President Jacob Zuma has been campaigning ahead of this year's elections.

Some residents said they were pleased about his visit and would be voting for the ANC while others loudly cursed the president, saying they want a change in government.

Wearing a leather jacket with ANC colours, Zuma first visited the residents of Soshanguve who welcomed him with open arms and chanted his favourite struggle songs.

But just up the road in Mabopane he was received by angry residents who told him they still did not have access to water and sanitation.

They said they had to walk long distances to an open veld to relieve themselves.

Zuma was joined by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Tshwane mayor Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, and arts and culture minister Paul Mashatile.

Over the past few weeks residents of townships in Tshwane have held service delivery protests demanding better government services.

But today most were wearing ANC T-shirts featuring the president's face.