In a build-up to the municipal elections slated for November, the President of the African National Congress (ANC) Cyril Ramaphosa, has expressed confidence that the ruling party will capture Maluti-A-Phofung Municipality in the Free State, SurgeZirc SA reports.
Ramaphosa during his address said that municipal officials are obligated to ensure that the basic needs of the people are being provided stating that it is their fundamental right to have access to it.
At Intabazwe in Harrismith, Ramaphosa appealed to residents for more time as he admitted the shortcomings of the ANC over the years.
Ramaphosa, however, promised that ANC under his watch will ensure strict monitoring and vetting process in service delivery and administrative duties.
“This time around, we are also going to place young people as councilors. 25% of our councilors are young people, 46% women. We’ve said women must also come on board and work for people. And we don’t need thieves, we don’t want laziness and we don’t need people who fail to look after people,” says Ramaphosa.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in Phuthaditjhaba Supporters of the African National Congress (ANC) booed the Premier of Free State Sisi Ntombela and Maluti-a-Phofung mayor Masechaba Lakaje during a campaign rally.
According to reports, the duo were both in a campaign rally with ANC leader, Cyril Ramaphosa when the crowd in a hostile reception booed them continuously.
The aggrieved residents of Phuthaditjhaba who spoke to newsmen vented their displeasure over the poor state of things in the area. The supporters who did not allow their local leaders to speak said they were disappointed with the current administration in terms of service delivery.
A woman decried that the actions of the crowd were not a factional approach, rather it was spurred by the comments of the mayor who blamed residents for water shortages in the municipality when the council was failing to maintain infrastructure.