Mabuza takes ANC voice to rural areas
Mpumalanga MEC for agriculture and provincial ANC chairperson David Mabuza went all-out to campaign for the party in the deep rural areas of the province this weekend.
Mabuza, who is poised to be the province's next premier after the April 22 elections, handed out T-shirts with ANC president Jacob Zuma's face printed on them to old people and farm workers during a house-to-house campaign.
Aaron Sukazi, an old man who does not remember his age but who said he celebrated his 70th birthday many years ago, promised Mabuza that he would vote for the ANC.
Mabuza travelled with ANC supporters and councillors in a convoy.
He allowed the convoy to continue with the campaign in several homesteads while he accompanied children along a small footpath to go and show him where their parents worked so he could ask them to vote for the ANC in Tafelberg near Piet Retief.
His entourage later joined him to listen to the workers.
When Mabuza reached a neighbouring farm, he found a group of workers, mostly women, who told him they were living in serious poverty in the area. They also claimed that the farmer they worked for refused them to have their own livestock.
"We shall look into your situation. Don't forget to vote for the ANC so that your problems may be addressed," said Mabuza, handing out ANC T-shirts.
The campaigners later visited a local timber plant where workers and employers jostled for the Zuma T-shirts before being addressed by the campaigners.
"Go and tell Msholozi that we love him and shall vote for his party," said one farm owner
Mabuza later told Sowetan that he was impressed by the way people seemed to be overwhelmed by the ruling party.
"We travelled many areas in the Mpumalanga eastern highveld throughout the week, and we got great support. Poverty continues to be a problem in most of the areas but we have made a significant achievement in the years that we have been in power."