Cyril Ramaphosa said that campaigning for the ANC in Soweto was “such a wonderful homecoming.” He added:
“Every corner we have gone to, our people are continuing to reaffirm their unwavering love and support for the people’s movement, the African National Congress.”
Unemployment, “mistakes and success”
He talked about the high rate of unemployment and promised hope for the future by bringing investors to South Africa to raise R1.4 trillion over the next four to five years. He added:
Ramaphosa said the ANC’s track record of the last 25 years is “based on what we have done,” and explained that the party demonstrating that it “cares for the people of South African and put our people first.”
He admits that that ANC made mistakes along the way. However, Ramaphosa added that “we’ve made many more successes than the mistakes.” He went on:
“We have changed the future of our country. We have also changed the lives of our people.”
Promises to regain lost ground
Ramaphosa was joined by Gauteng premier and ANC provincial chairperson David Makhura as he assured the crowd that the ANC will back the metros it lost along the way.
However, he is convinced that people will come out “in large numbers to support the only organisation they have ever known to improve their lives.”
Watch: Wooing the crowd
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Soweto makes up approximately 10% of Gauteng’s 12-million plus populations, according to Sowetan Live. Therefore, the upcoming 2019 elections are critical for the ANC.
The Gauteng Observatory report showed that the ruling party received more than 800 000 votes less in 2016, as compared to the 2014 national and provincial polls.