‘Zuma is no longer the people’s president’

Thembelihle informal settlement residents say Jacob Zuma has forgotten about the poorest of the poor.

President Jacob Zuma addresses ANC members in the Eldorado community hall in Eldorado Park as part of the ruling party’s campaign trail on 30 June 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Some residents of Thembelihle have slammed President Jacob Zuma's visit to the informal settlement saying he's no longer the people's president.

Zuma today visited the community in the south of Johannesburg ahead of the local government elections.

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

Some residents in Thembelihle say today's visit by the ruling party was simply an electioneering stunt.

One man says the president has forgotten about the poorest of the poor.

"I've been living here for 25 years and I'm now a fully grown man. My grandfather is old and still living at a squatter camp (sic)."

He says community members still face several problems.

"We are the ones who voted for him, we put him up there. He must come and build houses here and he must put roads here."

#ANC Zuma moving from house to house in Lenasia switching on newly electrified houses. @ray_toerien pic.twitter.com/0PHH7hZl78

Earlier, Zuma visited Eldorado Park where he applauded initiatives in the community aimed at stopping the scourge of drugs.