‘Since I left Mpumalanga people feel neglected’

Since I left Mpumalanga people feel neglected'
LONGED FOR: Former Mpumalanga premier DD Mabuza says the people of Mpumalanga feel neglected without him, PICTURE BY 013NEWS/ZK.

He embarked on a three-day campaign in the Mpumalanga province whole weekend, listening and making promises to people.

ANC deputy president DD Mabuza has said that he discovered that most people are feeling “neglected” by the ANC in the Mpumalanga province since he left.

Mabuza campaigned the whole weekend in the province, listening to communities and making lots of promises.

He said from now on he will begin to “frequent” the province and assist his successors.

He was elected deputy president during an ANC national elective conference in December 2017.

“The little time that I was out of the province the people feel neglected, they miss me but I think we can pick up on that,” he said while answering journalists on Sunday.

He said he had received “mixed feelings” from people and believed he should frequent the province more to assist.

“Though the new Premier [Refilwe Mtshweni] is trying but I think I must come to the province more often to help them to gel,” Mabuza said.

He said that the disunity in the ANC “has reached a point where it threatens the life of the ANC and if we must do any sacrifice for the unity of the ANC the time is now”.

He said by “sacrifice” he meant that “people should not think about themselves, like who is going to be minister, who is going to be this and that but people must think about the ANC first”.

“Probably you can compromise and not be a minister for the sake of the ANC. Let’s fix what is wrong,” he said.

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Asked if he did not think the issues of disunity in the ANC would push potential voters away from the party, he said “No, our people will vote for us”.

“They understand that the problems will be fixed and I’m not denying it myself that we have got problems and we are committing ourselves to fix them. There is no other way.

“We are a generation that must fix these problems,” he said.

(edited by MLM) 

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