Saroj Govender at the DDP Women's Conference hosted in August 2021 at Elangeni.
Sarojini Govender is an Activist who is involved in many organizations in the eThekwini region. Govender became an activist from a young age at 18 years when she first became a shop steward representing workers.
“I am the longest-serving Indian woman elected as a chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) for the 7th term. I was elected in South African national civic organizations from a branch level, to regional, then national, currently in the province of KwaZulu Natal.
I also formed many senior citizens groups from 2005 till the present. I was elected as chairperson of the Mahatma Gandhi regional hospital”, said Govender.
She said that she works all around, nothing is too big that she cannot handle, she serves the communities tirelessly without being compensated, it is passion.
“Over a period of time, I built a good relationship with DDP and always get invited to their programs. At times due to the various structures, I serve I apologize if I am unable to attend. But at least 80% of the time I do attend.
There are some very interesting discussions that we have at DDP, unfortunately at times going back to the community to implement those discussions becomes a serious challenge due to lack of support with resources”, she said.
She added that in terms of the work that DDP is doing in equipping citizens with knowledge for local government elections is good. Although going into elections now in covid and in the factional battles is going to be a mammoth task.
“We won’t need a rocket scientist to see what’s going on, however difficult it may sound. One has to just go out and do the best in making sure the LGE is free and fair, most importantly is tolerance for other political parties campaign” she said.