'Minister said if ANC wouldn't reprimand her, she'd have beaten someone today'

Port Elizabeth residents hurled insults at social development minister, Bathabile Dlamini, sparking a debate about the challenges ahead of local government elections.

A video shows angry residents heckling the minister, who was visiting the community to open a drug centre in New Brighton.

Xolani Gwala spoke to Rochelle de Kock, Herald senior political reporter, who was at the scene.

Addressing the crowd, Minister Bathabile Dlamini told parents that the insults hurled at her this morning were proof that parents must instill discipline in their kids. She also said, 'I didn't beat anyone because the ANC would've reprimanded me'

Rochelle de Kock, Herald senior political reporter

One of the community members said to me, 'we knew ministers were going to be here today and we had to do something drastic to be heard.

Rochelle de Kock, Herald senior political reporter

Listen to the interview below...

702's Azania Mosaka gave listeners an opportunity to share their views.

It's a pity that in the next two elections, they [ANC] will see the fruits of what they have fought for going to the opposition.

Ezekiel, caller in Siyabuswa

The ANC is a revolutionary movement but now with the current situation... The people don't want Jacob Zuma as president.

Corbin, caller in West Rand

I am not saying that what is happening is right, but we need the organisation to deal with the current crisis.

Muzi, caller in Soweto

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