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Mpophomeni community to Mabuza: ANC only remembers us at election time

The deputy president has conceded that the ruling party has been too caught up in its own internal squabbles, but he assured residents of the informal settlement that the organisation is on a journey of renewal:

Deputy President David Mabuza addresses media in the Mpophomeni area, near Howick, after a door-to-door campaign on 9 January 2019. Picture: @MYANC/Twitter

HOWICK - Deputy President David Mabuza has admitted that the African National Congress (ANC) has been too preoccupied with resolving internal issues, which has slowed the pace of service delivery and transformation.

Mabuza has promised to return to the Mpophomeni informal settlement in Howick by the end of February, after a door-to-door campaign in the area on Wednesday.

Howick falls under the Moses Mabhida region where the ANC is still battling divisions and in-fighting from the fallout since the Nasrec conference at the end of 2017.

However, he’s been well received in the area on Wednesday with very little disruption to his Thuma Mina programme.

Some party members in the region are strong allies to former KwaZulu-Natal secretary Super Zuma, who is seen as a proxy of former President Jacob Zuma.

One of the critical concerns raised by residents in the Mpophomeni area is that the ANC only remembers them during election season.

Mabuza concedes that the ruling party has been too caught up in its own internal squabbles - but he’s assured voters that the organisation is on a journey of renewal: “As I’ve promised I will be back at the end of February. I want to see progress on our promises. Their [residents of Mpophomeni informal settlement] situation is pathetic... we must make a plan.”

Mabuza has responded to questions about whether he believes he is a “sell-out” after mobilising for his Mpumalanga province to vote for President Cyril Ramaphosa.

In the months leading up to the ANC’s 54th national conference, KwaZulu-Natal was one of the provinces that were confident that Mpumalanga would vote in support of their preferred candidate, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

But did Mabuza sell out his fellow premier league comrades by touting a “unity” candidate who nobody really knew?

The deputy president says it’s impossible that he could have sold out because clearly, his message of unity made sense to the delegates at the conference who voted for leaders from both the Dlamini Zuma and Ramaphosa slates.

“No, it’s impossible. I can’t imagine how, at a conference of more than 5,000 people, do you think I know how the people voted. It’s impossible.”

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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