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Bathabile Dlamini remains upbeat despite being booed

The social development minister had a tough time on the campaign trail last week in the EC.

African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) President & Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. Picture: Facebook.

PORT ELIZABETH - Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini says the hostile reception she got from New Brighton residents won't deter her from returning to the Eastern Cape suburb.

WATCH: ANCWL President insulted in Port Elizabeth

Dlamini, who is also president of the African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL), had a tough time on the campaign trail last week.

She was jeered at by angry locals when she tried to open a drug rehabilitation centre.

They accused her of being drunk on expensive whiskey, which reduced her to tears.

Dlamini has directed a team from her department to tackle the issues raised by the angry residents.

"Although we fought at the beginning, at the end were able to talk as human beings and came up with suggestions on how we're going to deal with the whole issue."

The ANC's head of elections Nomvula Mokonyane says what happened to Dlamini was an isolated incident.

She says it should not be seen as a taste of what ANC campaigners can expect ahead of the August polls.

"The major threat to the ANC is our own internal dynamics and differences because once we are united we are able to explain ourselves."

LISTEN: What really happened to Dlamini in PE?

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