- Ace Magashule visited a poor white community in Hermanus yesterday while out on the campaign trail for the ANC
- The community is facing eviction after the land has been sold to a developer, but the Secretary-General insists that the ruling party will intervene
- The residents had reportedly been brought to tears by the news, with Magashule reminding them to vote for the ANC come May
Ace Magashule visited a mostly impoverished white community in Hermanus yesterday, where he had promised to secure their land even if it had to be expropriated.
The former holiday resort is now home to numerous families who face eviction after the DA-led municipality sold the land to a private buyer.
When Magashule and his entourage arrived they had reportedly been denied access to the area by guards, who locked the gate.
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However, the police were called and eventually ANC supporters made their way inside to talk to the residents of the park.
While addressing the residents, Magashule had condemned the Democratic Alliance for the situation:
"Nobody removes you from here. The land cannot be stolen from you, you guys... The DA is claiming to be a non-racial party. It's really worse racists removing white people from where they have been."
The ANC leader had vowed to 'fight and remain' with the inhabitants during their struggle against eviction.
"Don't go anywhere. Stay here. We are going to make sure that even if we have to expropriate this land, because initially this land belonged to government and somebody was leasing it, and in the middle of the lease somebody wants to say I'm the owner ... It can't be, this is the corruption we are supposed to be investigating."
Naturally, Magashule took the opportunity to promote his party, handing out ANC shirts to the tearful residents and encouraging them to vote for the ruling party.
According to TimesLIVE, the park had been sold in 2017, with the buyer being unable to take possession of the property due to the fact that people still lived there. The entire 22 hectares of land near Vermont is not used for the purposes of the park.
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