Cyril Ramaphosa not fazed

2014-02-23 14:01

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa says the party’s not worried about Limpopo residents boycotting elections, even in areas where people have refused to register.

Ramaphosa was the most senior member of a delegation that visited Limpopo yesterday?–?a day ahead of the DA’s manifesto launch in Polokwane.

Others on the campaign trail were ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete, treasurer Zweli Mkhize and Cabinet ministers Thulas Nxesi, Lindiwe Sisulu and Jeff Radebe.

A leader in the ANC Youth League national task team said the party would try to “smother” the opposition as far as possible. This was why it had sent such a powerful delegation to Limpopo.

“The real fight in Limpopo is the DA,” said another ANC official. In Petanenge village outside Tzaneen, residents complained to ­Ramaphosa about the slow construction of the main road, which is still rough gravel, and a lack of housing, sanitation and water.

Late last year, villagers put up barricades and dug trenches in the roads to keep out Independent Electoral Commission staff.

Ramaphosa told journalists: “They appreciate the progress seen in the past 20 years, but they want the ANC to address their issues. I am not worried that people will boycott elections.

I am confident that the community of Malamulele [which also boycotted voter registration] will vote. They know their vote will count a lot and make service delivery efficient and faster.”

Petanenge resident Calvin Mathebula said Ramaphosa’s visit had given him some hope.

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