Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on all Councillors under the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to pursue the party’s vision of liberating the people from poverty by showing concern over the welfare of the people.
The deputy president who was addressing thousands of supporters during an ANC campaign rally at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane Limpopo, said the ANC is still willing to fulfill its mandate to the people by ensuring that South Africans are liberated from poverty and inequality and it is the role of the Councillors to help achieve that.
Ramaphosa further said that Liberating people from apartheid was just one part of the struggle to bring social and economic changes to the people, and the ANC would not tolerate selfish Councillors who, after being elected, lived lavish lives and abandoned their communities.
“They must know that they are being supported. But we don’t want Councillors who will forget people and start to live a lavish life. We want Councillors who will be dedicated to serve people,” he said.
Referring to other parties as ” dreamers”, Ramaphosa said those parties had nothing to show for delivery to South Africans which the ANC has done in countless occasions.
Ramaphosa however, promised to make provisions of resources to Councillors to enable them perform satisfactorily as was inscribed in the vision of the ruling party. He also called on party supporters to support the selected candidate Councillors.
Speaking On ANC Councillors’s Achievements
Amid cheers from thousands of supporters present, Deputy President Ramaphosa said the ANC has done a lot for the country and that no governing party on the African continent has changed people’s lives for the better as much as the African National Congress has.
He said the ANC had a track record of addressing HIV and Aids, and there was hope that the battle against the spread of HIV would be won as more than 3.4 million people were receiving treatment for HIV and Aids.
“We are saving lives, when we go to the Durban Aids conference we will be able to tell a good story to the international community. In the past we used to bury our relatives every weekend, now we are burying few.”
More over, the deputy president assured the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the working class that the ANC was in discussions at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) to ensure that they attain a living wage.