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‘Do not punish the ANC’

ANC Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula said people should not punish the organisation in the upcoming elections because of things done by people within the party.

“The ANC makes no mistake, it is people in the organisation who make mistakes.”

This was a sentiment shared by ANC Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula during a campaign trail at the Bhambayi Sportsfield in Gamalakhe recently.

Mbalula said people should not punish the organisation in the upcoming elections because of things done by people within the ANC.

“The ANC has never sent anyone to steal public funds. The ANC is innocent because it has never sent anyone to steal from the government that is meant for the public,” said Mbalula.

He told Ward 27 residents that the government was also aware of the power outage they had endured for months, saying that they were on top of it.

At the Bhambayi Sportsfield are Londolo Zungu (left) and Zinhle Ndimeni.

The former member of the National Assembly said the power cuts were mostly due to illegal connections and tampering of electricity meters.

“We are getting rid of load shedding. There are no longer stages of load shedding. The work is evident. The problem is that whenever transformers are installed to ease the burden, people interfere through illegal connections, and the area ends up without power,” he said.

Mbalula then urged Gamalakhe residents to work with the police.

He asked residents to be brave and protest against police officers who work with criminals.

ANC Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula greets Gamalakhe residents at the Bhambayi Sportsfield.

“Say it out loud that in this police station, there is a certain constable who works with criminals so that the Police Minister, Bheki Cele, can be aware and he can send a delegation to fix the issue. There is a lot of crime among us, but we need to rise as a community against crime,” he said.

The Secretary-General said they are also planning to create jobs in the next five years.

Mbalula said they want to do away with the notion of job opportunities being limited to people below the age of 35.

Waiting for the ANC Secretary-General in Gamalakhe are Shiven Chetty (left) and Wonder Shinga. PHOTOS: NTANDOYENKOSI DLAMINI

“Young people who recently completed schooling are being asked for work experience when seeking employment, we want to do away with that. These young people must be given the experience so that they can be employable. To fight unemployment, we will also be taking young people to join the South African National Defence,” he said.

The views expressed in this report were expressed by the relevant interviewees and the parties they represent, and are not necessarily held by this publication.

Happy to be at the Bhambayi Sportsfield are (from left) Lulama Shazi, Zinathi Jalubani and Anele Sikakane.

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