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<div> | 'Fix my toilet and I'll vote for you,' Cape Town woman tells ANC</div>

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Cape Town - A sea of yellow descended on Adriaanse Estate inElsies River on Wednesday morning as ANC members, led by national executivecommittee member Jane Manganye, took part in a door-to-door campaign

to sparkinterest in the State of the Nation Address.

But instead of "building broader communityinterest" in Thursday's proceedings as intended, long-suffering residentsmade use of the opportunity to appeal for help, for everything from brokentoilets to jobs.

Mary-Anne Stevens, 55, made no secret of what it would taketo secure her vote.

"Come fix my toilet and I will vote for you," shetold the visitors.

Her toilet hasn't flushed in years, Stevens explained, forcingher to use a bucket to clear the water.

"My windows have also blown right out of their frames.The council has done nothing to fix it. Maybe the ANC can help me."

Desiree Petersen, a mother of five, welcomed ANC councillorBeverley Malong into her flat, begging for help to find a home for her and herfamily.

"I can't take it here anymore," the unemployedwoman said, close to tears.

"There is so much friction in this house in which I ama tenant. There are 10 of us in this small space and my children have to sleepon the floor."

PR councillor Beverley Malong (Tammy Petersen, News24)

'So much drama with these politicians'

Petersen has been on the housing waiting list since 2004.She has two unemployed children, one who dreams of becoming a pilot.

He, however, dropped out of school in Grade 9.

Her eldest son is in jail for theft.

"I survive on the grant I receive for my twoschool-going children," she said.

"Can’t the president look at housing delivery andincreasing the AllPay money we get? The R600 I receive is the only income wehave and if I buy a bag of groceries, then that is gone too."

In a different block of flats, Stanley Fisher pointed out aleaking roof to Manganye, saying he had lodged repeated complaints with thelocal rent office for the ceiling of their council rental unit to be repaired.

Locals say some homes leak so badly that tenants cover theirelectricity boxes with plastic bags to keep from being electrocuted.

Manganye promised to take the matter to Human SettlementsMinister Lindiwe Sisulu.

While he was grateful that his issue may soon be resolved,Fisher made it clear he was undecided on who he would vote for.

"I was raised in a home of firm ANC supporters, but Idon't know if I will follow them. There's so much drama with thesepoliticians," he said.

But not everyone was open to talking politics.

Desiree Petersen (Tammy Petersen, News24)

'We live like pigs'

A young man, who his friends have nicknamed Julius Malemabecause of his dark complexion, said he wouldn't allow any politician throughhis front door.

"The ANC, the DA – both have given us absolutely nothing,"he fumed.

"Helen Zille lives in a mansion, Jacob Zuma lives onhis homestead and we live like pigs. How do they know what we are goingthrough? They are too out of touch."

And his namesake?

"Nee, Malema maak net geraas [No, Malema just makes a noise],"he said.

Faroda Cloete, however, promised the ANC her vote for therest of her life.

"The DA doesn’t do a thing for us," she said.

"Here where we live, the ANC is always there. They areactive and on the ground, ready to assist. The ANC works for me."

ANC national executive committee members held walkaboutsacross the provinces, as well as at universities and with religious leaders.

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was meant to attend the ElsiesRiver walkabout, but failed to attend due to ill health.

Faroda Cloete (Tammy Petersen, News24)
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