President Cyril Ramaphosa paid a visit to the Cape Flats on Thursday as he campaigned for the local government elections.
But he first visited Mamre and Atlantis, before making his way to Mfuleni, where residents welcomed him with open arms.
And the mense had a lot to say.
Community member Siviwe Jizana, 30, said: “I would have wanted him to tell us about job opportunities, I have been at home since I finished studying years ago.
“Most of the youth are not working and they turn to crime.
“Jobs are given to certain people and we have no space in the professional world.
Ramaphosa climbed onto the podium of an ANC-branded bakkie and introduced the candidate in the ward, Mongezi Madikane.
He told the candidate that he will not be elected by the voters for him to ignore them and put his family or friends in positions.
“You are going to be the person who helps everyone in the ward and not get tender contracts for your friends,” he said.
Ramaphosa’s next stop was Khayelitsha where there were mixed reactions to his visit.
When he arrived, he first greeted the elderly people who sat in the front row on an open field in Qandu Qandu informal settlement in Greenpoint.
While a lot of ANC followers cheered, when it was time for him to address them, some people with placards which aired their grievances.
One read: “Why have you taken us to Level 1 for the elections?”
“Why are we declined for the R350 when we don’t work.”
The president stopped talking and told them to put their boards down.
He shouted: “You guys are obviously drunk!”
After that, Ramaphosa introduced the Khayelitsha candidates to the community.
Then it was on to the Ghousia Manzil hall in Rylands where he admitted that they went to a state of near disaster with the candidate registration processes.
“The newspapers wrote that it was the end of the ANC, that we are dying.
“But during this process there was a silver lining, it was a great lesson and we are much stronger than before.
“The ANC is like a cat, we always land on our feet and we have been given a short time for our election campaign.
“We are on the path of regaining our image, reconnecting with our people and ridding of all the bad practises, like corruption, we are dealing with it, and are decisive.”