Another Case of Empty Promises: Fikile Mbalula Caught in a Lie About Building 1 Million Houses

Another Case of Empty Promises: Fikile Mbalula Caught in a Lie About Building 1 Million Houses

  • ANC Head of Elections Fikile Mbalula has been doing the rounds on social media after a clip of him surfaced making statements about housing in Alexandra township
  • In the clip, Mbalula says President Cyril Ramaphosa promised to build around 100 000 in 2019, not one million
  • Social media users have found the clip hilarious and some people said he could have at least blamed the pandemic for the government's failure to build houses

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JOHANNESBURG - Fikile Mbalula, the Head of Elections of the African National Congress, has been trending on social media since changing the narrative about how many houses President Cyril Ramaphosa promised to build in Alexandra, Gauteng.

Mbalula argued that Ramaphosa had not promised to build one million houses while campaigning during the national elections in 2019.

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Fikile Mbalula, Cyril Ramaphosa, one million houses, alexander, African National Congress, 2019
Fikile Mbalula, the ANC's Head of Elections, says the President never promised to build the residents of Alexandra one million houses. Images: David Harrison/ GCIS
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A clip of Mbalula on an eNCA television programme called Power to Truth with JJ Tabane has been making rounds on social media and has landed Mbalula on the trending list on Twitter.

In the one minute clip, Tabane questions Mbalula about the promises that Ramaphosa made during the national elections and if the ruling party has actually delivered.

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Mbalula argued that Ramaphosa never promised one million houses despite video evidence showing otherwise. He stated that nearly 100 000 houses were actually promised.

Mbalula added that 2019 was merely two years ago and that the government is building houses every day.

The clip:

South Africans react to Mbalula's clip:

@Sanelemntambo5 said:

"@MbalulaFikile should have just said "we were distracted by the pandemic it came as an emergency so we had to stop everything and focus on the pandemic and try to get a solution" we know that politicians lie but not kanje Mbalula."

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@V3ry_Offensiv3 said:

"Didn't Mbalula say we've built houses in Alex in that interview? And then this morning say "we're looking for land"??? Which is it, either you've built houses or you're still looking for land."

@bongi_qha said:

"So Fikile Mbalula couldn't even blame Covid ke at least"

@Nxuba__Rhudulu said:

"I think the point here is "empty promises". The president/Fikile Mbalula cannot point a single house the government built in Alex since that speech."

Joburg ANC promises 150 000 jobs in 1st week: “Another empty election promise”

Briefly News previously reported that in view of the impending local government elections, the ANC has vowed to create 150 000 new jobs if they receive the backing of the city of Johannesburg on 1 November.

ActionSA Chairman Herman Mashaba dubbed it "another ANC corruption project".

During an interview with a well-known publication, ANC Regional Secretary Dada Morero stated that the party has vowed to generate 150 000 jobs on its first day in office while urging the people to trust the ANC to keep its promises.

Morero went on to say that the promised employment opportunities will stem from programmes similar to the Jozi@Work project and assistance for bakery start-up ventures, which reportedly employed around 5 000 people.

Source: Briefly.co.za

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