Unlike other desperate politicians trying to make public showmanship and politicking, the  Democratic Alliance leader approached the situation differently. He was confronted with a crying  picture of poverty and unemployment that stared Maimane in the face when he campaigned in Nquthu ahead of a crucial by-election next week.

He visited several households on his door-to-door campaign.But the 73-year-old’s biggest concern‚ she told DA leader Mmusi Maimane as he met her during a door-to-door campaign on Wednesday‚ is the pain in her jaw.

“I’m dying of toothache‚” she said to a nodding Maimane‚ who appeared at a loss for words.

Mbatha lives with her daughter‚ Nokuthula‚ who is a DA activist.

“My children don’t live here; they are in Johannesburg. I only survive on a pension grant‚” she said‚ holding Maimane’s hand as tightly as her body lets her. “All I can say is God bless you.”

In a similar circumstance, before meeting with Mbatha‚ Maimane went to the Mathabela household. As with so many of the families in the area‚ none of the Mathabela’s are employed. They survive on child and old age grants.