- ANC secretary-general Jessie Duarte is in Kimberley ahead of the party's 108th birthday celebrations
- Instead of happy supporters, the deputy secretary was met with bitter residents
- This earned the ruling party a firm telling off from the fiery politician
After being confronted with service delivery issues in Kimberley ahead of the ANC's 108th birthday celebrations Jessie Duarte had some stern words for her own party.
HeraldLIVE reports that the party's deputy secretary-general arrived in Galeshewe along with NEC member Mondli Gungubele and, instead of adoring supporters, was met with hardship and suffering.
This was confronted head-on by Duarte after she witnessed first hand the sorry state of homes in the area after flooding resulted in cracks and other challenges:
"We can't say the ANC lives and the ANC leads while people live like this. We actually don't have a choice. We have to and we are not walking away with a dismissive attitude that we saw the problem and we took pictures."
Duarte promised that her words were more than simply lip-service ahead of the ANC's massive celebration, which needed supporters to attend in order to hold any real meaning:
"Comrade Mondli (Gungubele) and myself, we are not tourists. For us the issue is who will we make accountable to fix these problems and that is what we are looking for now, because somebody will have to answer."
The veteran politician said that new challenges had arisen with homes that had been handed over to their new owner years ago:
"Once you give a person a title deed they own the house. Some houses were given title deeds in 1993. This is an old ownership issue. That means whatever goes wrong in that property, they themselves have to fix it. It is a sad thing in a way because for many people there is never money to fix those kinds of cracks."
While the apartheid regime was blasted for the problem, Duarte admitted that the ANC had failed to come up with any tangible remedy to the situation.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Luthuli House staff were concerned the cash splashed on the upcoming celebrations would see their own salaries delayed.
Party spokesperson Pule Mabe has denied any issues with employees receiving their payment, despite reports of their outrage at the situation.
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