HUMAN Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale arrived in the Eastern Cape yesterday, a province that those hoping to unseat President Jacob Zuma are keen to control.
Mr Sexwale is a regular visitor to the province either on government business or in his other capacities, such as his new one: undeclared presidential campaigner.
He was in Tsolo yesterday to participate in the Faith Healer’s Church anniversary celebrations. Local journalists were curious to find out if he would confirm he was in the running for the African National Congress (ANC) presidency ahead of the December Mangaung elections. However, they were disappointed when he gave a typically ambiguous response.
A reporter said Mr Sexwale preferred to say he was only in the Eastern Cape to do government work. But there is more to the visit, says a local politician, insisting that Mr Sexwale is heavily invested in the Eastern Cape. “He is always here, launching housing projects and things like that.”
Such government initiatives give him a platform on which to campaign. On the political front, East London seems happy, comfortable territory for Mr Sexwale. The regional executive elected two months ago is one of those that have a serious bout of ABZ — the Anything But Zuma sentiment.
Elected leaders headed by chairwoman Zukiswa Faku dislike Mr Zuma, it is whispered. Their issue ? They were overlooked when a team of people to lead the local municipality was put together before last year’s local elections.
But they went on to win
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