MAIMANE WELCOMED BY CHATSWORTH RESIDENTS
By: Sonia Hendricks and Veantha Naidoo
The Democratic Alliance (DA) leader has made headlines after his visit to KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) over the weekend.
Mmusi Maimane visited KZN this weekend in a bid to promote his parties “vision 2029” campaign.
Maimane spent the weekend visiting areas that included KwaMashu, Illovo, Howick, Eastwood and finally made a stop at the Al-Zahara Community Hall in Chatsworth, to grow the parties support base.
Maimane discussed issues such as unemployment, the water crisis that is currently facing KZN, as well as load shedding.
“Almost 35 percent of our youth in this country cannot find jobs and therefore participate in criminal activities,” he said.
He informed the Chatsworth community of the need for a more transparent allocation process when it comes to RDP houses.
“It would seem that where there’s housing allocations, ANC counselors ask people to produce their ANC membership cards and only then do they get a house,” he added.
Dellwyn Chetty, who resides in a RDP house said, “The visit of Mmusi Maimane was a good choice, I think the reason that he chose to come to Chatsworth was a strategic move, in order to get more votes.”
Maimane believes that his party’s supports are growing in KZN.
In the last elections in 2014, the DA grew its support nationally to more than 22 percent. They also became the official opposition in KZN for the first time, with just under 13 percent of the vote.
Some of Maimane’s followers took to twitter to express their admiration during his nationwide campaign, however some people have mixed reactions about his visit to the province.
“The Minority from has built up the Chatsworth community, I don’t think it is fare for him to come in here and try to win over our people,” said Selvie Pillay a concerned member of the community.