Community members from Ward 18 in Nelson Mandela Bay have been told not to undermine the importance of the upcoming elections.
In fact, according to National Assembly Speaker, Baleka Mbete, community members must first cast their votes before taking care of their hangover on August 3.
Addressing the community members during a campaign, Mbete said: “I am spreading this message everywhere I go. Before you go nurse and sort out your hangovers, go vote. After that you can go ‘uyolungisa ibhabhalaza’.”
Nelson Mandela Bay Residents Lay Complaints
The residents hit Mbete with an avalanche of complaints and problems while the door-to-door campaign lasted.
Many told her they had no electricity, others complained about housing while a handful complained about lack of poor service delivery.
A resident, Mbongeni Ndolomba, 59, said they were illegally connecting electricity from a nearby area.
“We told them we would not vote if they told us to disconnect,” Ndolomba said.
In reply, Mbete admitted that it was hard living in the area. She however promised to come to their aid once the ANC gets their vote.
“We are here to thank you for your service and to tell you the ANC loves you. You must love it back,” she said,
Mbete was accompanied by Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas and Nelson Mandela Bay Deputy Mayor Bicks Ndoni.
Just like President Zuma’s ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma; Baleka Mbete, who doubles as ANC chairperson has indicated ambitions to become ANC’s president come 2017.
Her ambition came to light when the Hlubi tribe hosted a traditional ceremony in her honour in the Eastern Cape to bless her ambition to succeed Zuma.
According to her, many senior ANC officials approached her to run the race in 2017.