PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa has described the death of Joburg Mayor Jolidee Matongo as a huge blow. Ramaphosa was speaking during the last day of the voters’ registration in Mbombela, Mpumalanga.
The ANC president took the party’s campaign trail to Mbombela where he visited Tekwane South and KaMagugu.
Ramaphosa interacted with the residents and encourage them to register to vote.
A plea for improved basic services. Community members in Tekwane South told President Ramaphosa of social challenges that include poor service delivery, poor road infrastructure, crime and drug abuse.
The residents also raised concerns with regard to government’s communication with communities.
“Substance abuse is also a major problem because young people have turned to drugs. They no longer go to school. They have dropped out. We don’t have much access to higher education. The unemployment rate keeps on increasing every time. While in this ward we have a lot of projects, we need our municipality to work on it.”
ANC Head of elections, Fikile Mbalula, says only deserving and capable people will be elected to leadership positions in order to improve the delivery of service.
“It doesn’t mean if you are number one in the list you will automatically become a mayor. We are going to conduct interviews and get the best mayor, who is able to control the finances to give direction to run the municipality and its executive council.”