A promised door-to-door visit by Deputy President Baleka Mbete, pictured, to residents of poor Vrygrond in Cape Town turned into a damp squib yesterday when she skipped the event and jetted back to Johannesburg.
Less than 200 people were left disappointed after Mbete's convoy snaked slowly past the open field where the event was set to start, before driving off without stopping.
It was then left to Nomaindia Mfeketo, former Cape Town mayor and ANC NEC member, and Chris Nissen, ANC provincial elections head, to wow the crowd with warnings that the DA would abandon them if it won control of the province in the elections.
Nissen said the poor state of service delivery and housing at Vrygrond proved that the DA had "not embraced national reconciliation or patriotism so that they can deliver to the poor".
Mfeketo said Vrygrond residents should ask themselves if they "wanted to go back to Egypt".
"The DA has never delivered services in shack areas," she said.
Although the ANC itself had promised that Mbete would campaign in the area, Mfeketo warned journalists not to write about Mbete's non-appearance.
She said the deputy president had been doing door-to-door visits in Cape Town since Friday before being urgently called back to Johannesburg "for government duty, and ANC duty".