‘Zuma’s forgotten about the people who put him in power’

President Zuma visited the community and its surrounding areas, ahead of the local government elections.

President Zuma’s visit to the informal settlement coincided with the launch of the electrification of the community by the City. Picture: Thando Kubheka/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - While President Jacob Zuma received a warm welcome at the Thembelihle informal settlement earlier today, some residents in the community say they are unfazed about his visit because he's forgotten about the people who put him in power.

Zuma has visited the community and its surrounding areas, ahead of the local government elections in August.



The City of Johannesburg also unveiled a project worth over R170 million, which will provide electricity to the informal settlement.

President Zuma's visit to the informal settlement coincided with the launch of the electrification of the community by the City.

But one resident says Zuma is only there to get their votes.

"He mustn't be here because it's during election time, he must always be here. He's not the one who made himself president - [without] our vote, he wouldn't be president."

He says they are yet to get electricity throughout the community.

"Those three houses are the only ones that have electricity right now; the rest of the houses have no wires going into the houses. They never developed them, they keep telling us the material is short (sic)."



The president's last stop is in Eldorado Park where community members have raised concerns over the scourge of drugs.

'EVERY JHB CITIZEN WILL HAVE ELECTRICITY WITHIN THE NEXT 5 YEARS'

At the same time, President Zuma says every citizen in Johannesburg will have electricity in the next five years.

There have been several protests in the community over the lack of electricity.

Zuma assured residents of Johannesburg, especially those living in informal settlements, that they will have electricity by 2021.

"In the next five years, every citizen of Johannesburg will have electricity."