Tshwane to see fierce campaigning ahead of polls

The ANC, DA and EFF are all determined to win over the metro come 3 August.

President Jacob Zuma sits with residents during a campaign in Tshwane on 5 July 2016. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN.

PRETORIA - Political leaders are expected to discuss issues concerning affecting Tshwane and how they will govern the capital should they be elected to power.

The African National Congress (ANC), Democratic Alliance and Economic Freedom Fighters have been fiercely campaigning to win over the metro in the upcoming municipal elections.

This morning Eyewitness News is in Saulsville near Atteridgeville, as part of a special 702 build up to elections.

And things appear to be back to normal after days of protests when Thoko Didiza was announced as the ANC's mayoral candidate for Tshwane.

It's expected that the capital city will be fiercely contested by political parties in the upcoming municipal polls.

In the last local government elections, 52% of eligible voters cast their vote, with the ANC winning by 90%.

Last month, violent demonstrations broke out over Didiza's appointment and five people were killed.

President Zuma has said he knew there were issues in Tshwane when Didiza was appointed mayoral candidate.

ANC leaders have held internal meetings with branches from areas around the capital calling on members to rally behind Didiza.

Zuma said for now the focus must be on elections.

"We've said to the people in Tshwane, where there are complaints and concerns, even after 3 August, the ANC will address those issues."

He said his presence in the capital city was part of the ANC's attempts to deal with the issues facing the region.

At the same time, Saulsville residents say they are concerned about the scourge of drug abuse in the area.

Civil society organisation, the Hundred Plus Movement's Tebatso Kiewiet, says while there are government programmes in place to deal with the problem, many don't have access to the information.

"It can be more accessible to the youth and their programmes should be more approachable."

Kiewiet says civil society also has a duty to be part of the solution and not depend on government only.