Mantashe stressed that while some of the problems raised by the residents deserved to be taken up, the community had to roll up its sleeves and not wait without doing something about it.
He said the ANC government had done much work to improve the lives of South Africans and that it was asking to improve on delivery.
Mantashe told some of the young people who complained about jobs that they had to actively look for jobs in firms, pointing that while jobs were scarce, many were lazy to “ufola” (queue for jobs openings in firms).
“You must not look for the job from the comfort of your blankets. There are unemployed people who are jobless at my home. I told them that the ANC is not going to give them jobs. They must stand up and go look for them,” he said.
One of the young people approached Mantashe as he addressed some concerned residents and accused him of lying to them, before being heckled and chased away by others, accusing him of intoxication.
“Unamanga. Ngizokutshela, ukhuluma amanga namanje [You are lying. I am going to tell you that you are telling lies]. You can send your bouncers but I am going to tell you the truth,” he said.
A visibly irritated Mantashe accused the youth of disrespect and of only recognising his biological parents as parents.
Some of the residents said that while they remained unhappy, they were still planning to back the party at the polls.