In the early 2000 he tirelessly fought the evictions of people from their houses in Mandela Park under the umbrella of the Anti-Eviction Campaign.
This year paramount Chief Mandla Ndabazandile is fighting another battle. He is in a three-horse battle for the control of Ward 94. He is the EFF candidate and will go up gainst Patrick Mngxunyeni of the ANC and Nomatokazi Aba of the DA.
This year marks the first time the EFF is contesting a local government election since its establishment in 2013.
The former South African National Civics Organisation (SANCO) member said his opponents were shaken by his credentials. Having served the ANC and been to exile in Oshakadi, Namibia, Mr Ndabazandile said the firing of Bantu Holomisa from the ANC had been the last straw for him. After some time in the political wilderness, today Mr Ndabazandile is a proud EFF member. “Truly speaking, the ANC is a disappointment,” he said.
“It did not care for most of its cadres when we came back from exile. Even today there are many cadres who have not been paid by this government. I believe EFF is the solution to the problems we are facing.
“The ideology of the EFF is going to help our people.”
The same way the Anti Eviction Campaign won housing battles in Mandela Park, Mr Ndabazandile says he intends winning all other community battles. He sees youth unemployment, lack of funding for poor children who wants to study further and the growing number of backyarders as the main challenges. He said the other problem is most councillors see themselves as better than the people who voted for them and force their decisions down people’s throats. “I will not be taking decisions for the people, people must make decisions about what they want. I am going to be the councillor that addresses the challenges of our people. People must have the final say on what they want,” he said. “Most importantly, our councillor must be someone who stays in this community. It is the community that employs you.”
Mr Ndabazandile also complained about the share of resources among wards as well as how the resources were shared among the wards. He said wards in poorer communities should get more money than wards in upmarket areas. “Our people need a lot of things and are poor. Their budget should be more than the budget of people in Constantia and Camps Bay,” he said. “That is not the case in this province.”