ANC manifesto ‘will tell South Africans exactly who to vote for’

2014-01-11 09:11

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The ANC manifesto will tell South Africans exactly who to vote for, President Jacob Zuma has said.

“It’s a wonderful manifesto,” Zuma told party heavyweights and supporters at an ANC dinner in Nelspruit last night, ahead of the official launch of the manifesto at Mbombela Stadium today.

“We are asking people to come out and vote. It is their hard won vote, and of course tomorrow [Saturday] we are telling them exactly who to vote for, because we believe very strongly that the ANC is the organisation of the people,” he said.

Zuma gave a short description of what could be expected from this year’s manifesto, which was dedicated to former president Nelson Mandela, who died in December.

“Our manifesto says many things ... We present our vision in it. We present our key commitment to move South Africa forward and it goes into detail,” he said.

The manifesto would look at the country’s 20 years of democracy, but also at what the party had done in the past five years.

It looked at policies and plans that had helped the country. It also dealt with the National Development Plan, rural development, job creation and the economy, food security, health and education, as well as crime and corruption, said Zuma.

He told the audience to support the ANC.

“The ANC needs your support, you have a duty to support the ANC ... You will be making a wise investment.”

The ANC had been getting better at governing since the dawn of democracy, Zuma said.

Earlier, Zuma said employment in South Africa was higher than it had been in the past.

“We can count few achievements in the past five years, but they are important,” he said.

Zuma said more than R1 trillion had been spent on infrastructure development and that access to banking was up 15% since 2009 at 75%.

Five hundred informal settlements had been replaced with decent housing and basic services, and more teachers had been trained, with 7 000 more graduates in 2013 than in 2009, when there were 6 000.

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