Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured Limpopo community that “Only the ANC has the will and policies to eradicate poverty, unemployment, and inequality. We have built roads, community centres, clinics and public transport nodes.”
“Our mission is to serve our people selflessly and to improve their living conditions. To succeed in our historic task, we must constantly defend the unity of the ANC and the [tripartite] alliance, ” said Ramaphosa, at a gathering on Sunday.
Ramaphosa, who was speaking at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane in Limpopo Province, assured the people that it is only ANC that can secure their future. He made it clear that ANC will continue to protect and value their votes. “We will not play ‘Zama Zama’ with our people’s future. We will not allow our municipalities to be turned into a lottery. We want to improve the efficiency, capacity and impact of local government.”
“We want ANC cadres that enjoy respect among their peers. We want ANC cadres that are motivated by the values of honesty, hard work, humility, service, and respect for the laws of the land. We must not take our people’s support for granted.”
He therefore urged them to cast their votes for the party that cares for them. Ramaphosa did not also fail to thank them for their unalloyed loyalty and support during previous elections.He maintained that ANC is set to crush patriarchy, racism and all forms of corruption in the country.
Recalling the recent past racial incidents that sparked negative reactions across the country, including Penny Sparrow’s post on Facebook, where she compared black beach goers to monkeys, the deputy president promised that government will enact laws to deal strongly with racism. He said, “It is for that reason that the NEC said in order for us to build a united South Africa we must extend our hand, and work with various structures and organizations – and this we should do to provide leadership and to build the South Africa of our dreams. It is when we do this that we will be able to teach a lesson to those who still harbour racist notions, those who are still racist and those who want to classify black people as monkeys. We propose social cohesion by working with everybody.”
In other to forestall electoral mishaps in the forth coming local government election, Ramaphosa said that ANC is set to curb vote-buying, gate-keeping and non-constructive attacks by politicians.
Furthermore, he promised that ANC Limpopo leaders would no longer hesitate to attend to communal needs in the municipality. He promised that henceforth, matters affecting the community would be addressed by the party. Nevertheless, he sounded a warning that ANC will not condole abuse of power by Councillors and that Councillors who fail to effectively cushion the plight of their municipalities would be shown the exit door.
“We want sound, dedicated, and skilled personnel in our municipalities. Let it be known that if you abuse power, you will lose it. If you do not deliver, you are out. If you are caught with your fingers in the till, you will go to jail,” said Ramaphosa.
“This means that we must treasure, preserve, and deepen our proud traditions of close and consistent engagement with our people. In framing our back to basics approach to local government, we expect our Councillors to create conditions for decent living by consistently delivering municipal services to the right quality and standard.”
He also called on African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) and African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) to revive and fortify the party’s branches for resounding victory in the forth coming local government elections. He however warned that it is unwelcome in ANC for party members to use money to solicit for supports during branch meetings.