"You have had 25 years, what will suddenly change?"

Police corruption, unemployment, issues of education and the question of land are only some of the problems raised at 702's pre-elections townhall with Karima Brown in Diepkloof, Soweto.

The African National Congress and several other parties were put in the hot seat on Thursday answering questions from the community.

On the panel was ANC Joburg Regional Chair Geoff Makhubo, Democratic Alliance MMC for finance in Joburg Funzela Ngobeni, Inkatha Freedom Party's Gauteng chairperson Bonginkosi Dlamini, the African Transformation Movement Gauteng provincial spokesperson Nyaniso Jeku and Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party deputy general secretary Dr. Vashna Jagarnath.

Residents as well as audience members from various organisations like National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) national spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola asked the ANC what could possibly change if they were to remain in power.

Drawing on economic issues and some of what is standing in the way of job creation, Jagarnath and Dlamini mentioned the current capitalist system under which the country operates.

They suggest the system has worked against the ANC's aims to address issues of unemployment and poverty.

It's the working class of SA hat has bore the brunt of exploitation and oppression....

Dr Vashna Jagarnath, General secretary- Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party

You [ANC] have not nationalised. We don't need imperialist powers across the world to invest in us when over 50 percent of the gold ever produced on this earth came from Gauteng. Do you[residents] live lives out of the profit? No

Dr Vashna Jagarnath, General secretary- Socialist Revolutionary Workers Party

There is no investor who will invest in anything for creating jobs, they will invest to make a profit that is why government's role is to regulate their relationships.

Bonginkosi Dlamini, Chairperson - Inkatha Freedom Party Gauteng

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