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Zuma snubs North West supporters

Residents of Sonop and Marikana were expecting to see the president on the campaign trail today.

President Jacob Zuma was locked in a meeting with religious and faith-based groups in Madibeng, North West, failing to make it to other arrangements in the province. 29 April 2014. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

SONOP/CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma missed two opportunities to engage with North West communities on Tuesday.

This after he cancelled a trip to Marikana and leaving Sonop residents waiting six hours only to find out he wouldn't make it.

The president is on the campaign trail ahead of next week's elections.

Zuma was meant to appear in front of hundreds of ANC supporters at an old age home in Sonop.

Dressed in yellow ANC T-shirts, the crowd waited six hours to see him but many began leaving when they realised this wouldn't happen.

Some slated Zuma for forgetting about them as they made their way home.

However, a black convoy followed by police VIP protection eventually arrived, but the president was not among the occupants.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa was instead sent to speak to angry residents.

More residents then left, livid that Zuma failed on his promise.

The president was locked in meetings with religious and faith-based groups in Madibeng for most of the day.

Zuma at the meeting_ in Madibeng. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN. _

The president also failed to visit Marikana, the scene of a deadly August 2012 wage strike which saw 44 people lose their lives during the month-long violence.

He changed plans to avoid heightening tensions in the mining region.

The North West mining town, which is near Rustenburg, is at the centre of an ongoing strike by platinum workers which has already lasted three months.

On Monday, around 4,000 people stormed and looted a shopping centre in Rustenburg in an incident which police suspect was related to the current labour unrest.