An ANC volunteer whose family got a house, courtesy of the local ANC branch and businesspeople, was among those visited by President Jacob Zuma today.
Zuma is in KwaZulu-Natal for a day-long visit aimed at mobilising ANC supporters ahead of the formal election campaign.
The president, accompanied by a throng of bodyguards and local ANC heavyweights, including Durban mayor James Nxumalo, spent time with the Jele family.
Neighbours poured out of their houses to catch a glimpse of Zuma and greet him. Local ANC members broke into songs proclaiming him as president.
The household of eight people, headed by grandmother Nokukhanya Gwala, live on social grants and until recently were battling to survive.
The local ANC branch and businesspeople clubbed together to help build them their house.
Gwala’s granddaughter, Nosipho, an ANC volunteer, told Zuma the family had battled to survive as nobody was employed. The bulk of the family members are schoolgoing. Nobody is employed.
Nosipho said when she had been doing ANC work, members of the branch realised she came from a family struggling to survive.
“Comrades saw that I was hardworking and decided to help the family. None of us are working and we were living under bad conditions. I didn’t become a volunteer because I wanted anything, but they have helped us anyhow,’’ she said.
Zuma also addressed a large crowd of ANC supporters at the Folweni stadium south of Durban.
From Folweni he will address a rally at Umlazi’s King Zwelithini Stadium and will do a walkabout with shoppers at the township’s Mega City shopping mall.
The president will then move to the north coast, where he will first speak at a rally at Mandeni’s Ncedomhlophe Stadium.
In the evening Zuma will attend a briefing session with minority communities at KwaDukuza’s Stanger Heights.
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