Voters in the North West have mistrust of the government, the African National Congress ( ANC), and mining companies eleven years after the Marikana massacre.
Police shot 34 striking mineworkers on August 16, 2012, killing them and seriously injuring 78 others.
Many locals were still thinking about the incident during this voter registration weekend because it is still one of the most heinous acts of state violence in post-apartheid South Africa.
According to Ramaphosa, the ANC is actively working to remove dishonest officials.
The ANC continues to dominate the North West, with the party in charge of all municipalities and the provincial legislature.
However, some ANC supporters are opposed to it due to underperforming municipalities, a lack of job opportunities, and poor service delivery.
[WATCH] ANC supporters in Marikana must cast their ballots for Cyril Ramaphosa, who they still believe is partially to blame for the massacre that occurred there in 2012.
Although Nokuthula Nondonga has always supported the ANC, she has no affection for the president. TCG image UV5vju4WK1 on twitter.com
November 19, 2023, EWN Reporter ( @ewnreporter )
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According to ANC supporter Thapelo Goaoketse, the circumstances that led to the miners ‘ strike in 2012 have only gotten worse since. They are not interested in learning more about the celebration.
Additionally, the ANC contributes nothing to the neighborhood. Nothing at all comes from the municipality, not even water and electricity.
Keamogetswe Maphosa, a Maditlokwa resident, claimed that the ANC government does not hold mines responsible for the region’s environmental degradation.