ANC explains why Bathabile Dlamini was booed
Danny Jordaan says Dlamini was insulted by New Brighton residents due to the high demand for jobs.
JOHANNESBURG - Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Danny Jordaan has moved to explain that the African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) President Bathabile Dlamini was not insulted by New Brighton residents due to dissatisfaction with the ANC, but due to the high demand for jobs in the area.
Dlamini was brought to tears during the opening of a rehabilitation center in the area today, and was accused of enjoying expensive alcohol while the people suffer.
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Jordaan says similar incidents happen when new projects are opened in the municipality.
The mayor says residents of New Brighton are in desperate need of jobs and what happened today is evidence of that.
"When you engage in any activity other than create jobs in a community, where there is a contestation around jobs, people want to be employed in that project and that is what happened."
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He says they don't expect similar protests outside the ANC's manifesto launch tomorrow.
"We are not opening anything at the stadium, so I don't think people will come there looking for jobs."
Jordaan says the latest Ipsos surveys have shown support for the ruling party is increasing in the metro.