With just a few weeks left before South Africans make their way to the polls, the African National Congress Youth League members and volunteers along with councillor Mr. Joseph Shume, were doing the groundwork, door to door home survey at Ward 26 to encourage the citizens to exercise their constitutional right of voting and to also encourage them to vote for ANC.
Whilst the party was canvassing door to door, they came across challenges that were raised by some of the residents in ward 26. Some residents said they lost their interest in politics and also in voting due to alleged corruption, the killing of one another and unfulfilled promises.
After the door to door canvassing, the ANCYL held a public meeting at Uthando Primary School in block R Soshanguve to address their plan on how to resolve the challenges that the community is facing along with other concerns the community had.
With all the ups and downs that is happening in politics, Ms. Kgwerano Kekana who is part of the Provincial task team of the ANC youth league in Gauteng, pleaded with the youth of ward 26 to go out and vote for ANC so that in future the party could be in better hands.
‘’ I’m very grateful for the opportunity of being appointed as a councillor and I promise not to disappoint you. I know that many of you lost hope when it comes to us as the leading party, but to tell the truth I’m willing to work hard in gaining your trust and I believe that we will work together as a community to bring changes and positive achievements to our society. It’s been four months now since I have been appointed as a ward councillor and I enjoy serving and engaging with my community, there are some that I have already helped and I’m still going to reach out to those who need help,’’ Shume said.
The community of ward 26 was impressed with what the councillor has done for the community so far, they were chanting comrade songs and praising him.
The ward councillor gave the community a chance to raise their concerns and their challenges where one of the community members mentioned how disappointed she is with how politicians are using the community to solve their problems, she even mentioned the rate of unemployment in their community increasing annually.
‘’ For us to get a job, we have to be the friends or know someone in a higher position, we are struggling with our living environment. I was a volunteer in the ANC Youth League but I took a break because of how I was being badly treated. Today as you are here to address us about the change that you are about to bring in our community, please make sure that after the elections you won’t change and oppress us. We really need positive change in the community,’’ Angelina Mpho Namurembo who is a community member and a former ANC youth league said.