Kimberly residents complain about inhumane living conditions as Cyril Ramaphosa campaigns in the region

ANC takes its municipal campaigns in Kimberly as residents comp-lain about archaic living conditions [image: courtesy]
South Africa—It will be the 6th municipal election held in South Africa since the end of apartheid rule in 1994, municipal elections are held every five years. The previous municipal elections were in 2016.

On 21 April 2021, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the elections will be held on Wednesday, 27th October 2021.

Yesterday, while Kimberly residents came out to see ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa in their numbers may are still disillusioned when it comes to service delivery and the creation of jobs.

Ramaphosa was on the campaign trail in Greenpoint, Homelite, Kagisho, John Daka, and Donkerhoek on Monday where he predicted that ANC would win wards 3,8, and 22.

ANC –shirts emblazoned with Ramaphosa’s face were handed out during his door-to-door campaigns.

Greenpoint residents were surprised to see that a gravel road had been cleared to allow Ramaphosa to walk with community members along Thomson avenue.

“The rubbish that was standing on the side of the road was dumped behind the shanties. The president almost slipped on the water in the gravel road.

“We have no running water inside our houses and no one wants to make use of the portable toilets as they are smelly especially during the summer. People choose to relieve themselves in the veld. How are we expected to live in these primitive conditions?” One said.

They believed that the ANC would win ward 22 in Greenpoint.

“The ward was divided the last time between ANC factions and the ward fell into the hands of the DA. However it appears that it doesn’t matter who is in power, it does not appear as if service delivery will improve.

“Whenever a councilor is appointed they forget about us and switch off their phones, everyone is only interested in lining their pockets while community suffers,” said a resident.

On added that the R350 social relief grant from the government was not enough to keep a family alive.

Residents also complained that their shanties became flooded with sewage and rubbish during rainy weather.