Be patient with ANC govt – Jacob Zuma

2013-11-22 18:40

President Jacob Zuma has called on people to be more patient with the ANC government, pledging that the ruling party would make good on its promise of a better life for all.

Zuma was addressing thousands of people at the Rotary Stadium in Ngangelizwe, Mthatha, during a visit to inspect progress made in presidential infrastructure projects in the Eastern Cape town under the King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) municipality.

“This government has not slept since you voted us into power in 1994.

“We are doing a lot to achieve our promise of a better life for all, but we still have a long way to go. Only if we were magicians we could just make things happen now, but we are not. Neither are we God,” Zuma said, adding that the ruling party government would also free them from their economic hardships.

He said his government would continue to work harder to ensure that all household get basic services.

“It makes no sense for us to fight for your freedom and then when you are free, we just desert you. You must ask yourselves, where were these people who are making a lot of noise when we fought for democracy in this country because I did not see them,” Zuma said to wild applause from the audience, mostly made up of ANC supporters.

Zuma, flanked by several cabinet ministers praised the progress made in the presidential infrastructure projects.

On his arrival, the president landed at the newly built Mthatha Airport runway with the South African Air Force amid a heavy security presence.

He inspected the runway, which forms part of the Mthatha upgrades, before he opened a substation and a new bridge in town.

Zuma also visited the Thornhill water purification plant which is adjacent to the power station and said he was generally happy about the progress made.

The president said he was very touched when he saw the dilapidated state of Mthatha when he visited the town back in 2010 and decided something had to be done.

“We set up a ministerial committee headed by the office of the president and started working on changing the face of Mthatha.

“Today we are happy to see things are finally taking shape and that our intervention here is starting to bear fruit,” Zuma said.

He said a total of R490 million had been spent on upgrades around KSD so far and promised that his government would bring more development to the region so that it can unlock its economic and tourism potential.

He announced that a tender of R200 million had been approved for the construction of a new terminal building at the Mthatha Airport.

Zuma, who was fresh from  opening a dam in KwaZulu-Natal early this week, said that province, the Eastern Cape and Limpopo were high on the priority list of government’s infrastructure intervention programmes.

“I am very excited that very soon we will start with the construction of the uMzimvubu Dam in this province,” he said.

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