South Africa’s deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa wants Western Cape ANC to quit its in-house fights and channel their strengths toward crushing the “mickey mouse parties” in South Africa the Muhammad-Ali-Way.
Speaking at the Elijah Barayi Memorial Lecture in Salt River, Cape Town, Ramaphosa appealed to ANC members to accept the party’s candidate list for the upcoming elections.
“We have said the list process is closed. We have closed it. If you have been left out, accept it. Live to fight another day. This is a time to unite our people behind the banner of the ANC and the shield of Cosatu,” he begged.
With that, he asserted that it is more profitable for Western Cape ANC to come up with strategies that will help the party win back the province from the Democratic Alliance.
“Put all the fights that we have been involved in aside,” he said. “Right now, we have got a common enemy and a task. The enemy is all the Mickey Mouse parties and the common task is to campaign for an ANC victory, and that is what we must go and do,” Ramaphosa charged.
“Fortunately, you have a national leadership that is willing to come here, to walk every street with you.
We can be like Muhammad Ali, who went to the jungle… (returned and) took back the championship again,” the deputy president added.
Thereafter, he wailed that ANC failed to gather enough votes in the Province the last time because some ANC members were too lazy to go out and vote.
“I have seen it all over the country,” he said. “And I have seen it in Cape Town where our people from our townships don’t go and vote. It’s almost like you have to take a wheelbarrow and take them to a voting station.
If we have to do that comrades, let us to that. That vote is an important vote for us,” Ramaphosa said.