THE ANC in the Eastern Cape has suffered more embarrassment following another poorly attended political event.
Banners and posters on the streets invited supporters to the Workers’ Day celebration at the Dan Qeqe Stadium in Zwide, Port Elizabeth.
But while people flocked to the stadium, they waited in vain as ANC national working committee leaders Bheki Cele, Thoko Didiza and Thulas Nxesi waited for hours in the empty Nangoza Jebe Hall for them to arrive!
An angry Cele slammed the regional leaders, saying: “Two weeks ago, we were at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and the stadium was empty. Today we are here at this hall and it also is empty. This situation is embarrassing and it needs to be fixed because we cannot continue like this.”
Didiza said: “We were supposed to come here at 9am, but we were told to wait for four hours because there were only nine people in the hall. We talked about this situation while we were waiting.
“We’re going to propose that more national leaders stay full-time in Port Elizabeth before the local elections.”
David “Sticks” Toyise of Cosatu said: “Cosatu leaders placed placards advertising the rally at the Dan Qeqe Stadium without securing the venue. When Nangoza Jebe Hall in New Brighton was finalised, they placed other placards advertising the event at the hall.
“People were confused. We were told people who went to the rally at stadium left disappointed.”
Cele added: “We have lied to our people and neglected them.
“We need to go back to them and admit our sins and asked for forgiveness. Our people had been voting for us but we built them leaking RDP houses and houses without rooms and we expect them to vote for us.
“We have to listen to them and do what they want.
“The workers you don’t see here have been voting for us since 1994 and we have let them down.”