Jacob Zuma has the “walkabout and blitz” beat.
Cyril Ramaphosa also has a “walkabout and blitz” scheduled‚ before his “mini rally”.
Gwede Mantashe gets “briefing” and “door-to-door and blitz” duties‚ before he has meetings with the Khoi San community and ruling party structures.
Zweli Mkhize has a “mini rally” and “meeting with workers” on his to-do list.
The African National Congress (ANC) announced a busy Thursday schedule for its president‚ deputy president‚ secretary-general and treasurer-general respectively ahead of Saturday’s launch of its 2016 Local Government Elections Manifesto in Port Elizabeth.
“During the course of the week‚ leaders‚ members and supporters of the organisation will be in engagement with the people of the province‚ mobilising them to attend the manifesto rally during which the ANC will outline its vision‚ derived from ongoing consultations with our people‚ for the new term of governance‚” spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.
They could experience an angry reception in some areas‚ after residents took advantage of the presence ANC bigwigs in their area to express their frustration with the lack of development by barricading roads with burning tyres on Wednesday morning near KwaZakhele.
The residents were protesting against the lack of housing and demanded the removal of ward 19 councillor Thanduxolo Jacobs saying they had lost confidence in his leadership.
The protesters claim their informal settlement had been earmarked for housing development but that hasn’t happened.
The residents said they wanted to express their frustration ahead of the ANC manifesto launch.
“We want their attention. It must be clear that there are people who are unhappy before they even hold their manifesto rally‚” said one resident Michael Mavukela.
He demanded that senior party and government leaders come and address protesters.
Councillor Jacobs described the protesters as “opportunistic” and said “they want to put their complaints across because the leadership is here”.
Elsewhere in PE‚ the Democratic Alliance planned to hold a “reaction press conference” on the steps of the Port Elizabeth City Hall it was refused permission to protest outside on Thursday.
The party said on Wednesday that its application to hold a mass protest against alleged corruption by President Jacob Zuma and the African National Congress was turned down by the metro for “security reasons”. – TMG Digital/Heraldlive