- Deputy President David Mabuza visited the community outside Howick as part of the ANC's Thuma Mina campaign.
- However, residents were skeptical of the deputy president and accused the ANC of not doing enough to help citizens
- Mabuza promised that the ruling party would address the community's concerns
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Deputy president David Mabuza was met with skepticism today in Mpophomeni near Howick in KwaZulu-Natal.
Mabuza was visiting communities as part of the ANC's Thuma Mina campaign leading up to the 2019 national elections.
However, the Mpophomeni community was initially hostile to the deputy president. According to Eyewitness News, citizens accused the ANC of only "caring" about communities during election time.
The Mpophomeni region remains an ANC stronghold, but the crowd's reaction to Mabuza is a sign of the frustrations and divisions within the ANC's support base since Nasrec. The Moses Mabhida region in particular has also been split by two competing factions since the conference to elect new leaders was postponed.
The factionalism has paralyzed the ANC's election efforts in the region, with Zuma supporters boycotting the official interim task team's programmes and even holding their own parallel meetings.
Mabuza dismissed the concerns about the postponed election conference. Instead, he responded by agreeing that the ANC had not met its goals in terms of serving communities, blaming the infighting and factionalism within the party. Mabuza promised that he would return to the area in a month's time to make sure that progress had been made.
"As I've promised, I will be back at the end of February. I want to see progress on our promises. Their situation is pathetic… we must make a plan," he said.
Mabuza also called for unity and rejected claims that the ANC did not care about citizens.
"If we make mistakes, tell us our mistakes but the ANC will always be yours. There should never be a time when we are divided. We are all ANC," he told the community.
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