Service delivery since ’94 key to ANC election campaign – Zuma

2013-06-25 17:37

President Jacob says the ANC and its government will use their service delivery track record of the past 20 years as part of the ruling party’s campaign for next year’s election.

Speaking at the “Siyahlola” (inspection) campaign at Muxeye, outside Giyani in Limpopo, where he was inspecting the Comprehensive Rural Development Project, Zuma told the crowds that “there will be nothing untoward” with such reports.

“As you know that next year we are going for elections, it means we are finishing 20 years of democracy, we have taken a decision as the ruling party that we will come back and give reports of what we have done since 1994. We believe it is important to give such a report to the citizens of this country. Particularly, because there are people who talk too much saying we haven’t done anything since 1994.”

Ministers, said Zuma, will crisscross the country, telling people what government had achieved. Also, party elders would visit communities to talk about the successes and failures of the party, Zuma said.

“So we will be in contact all the time. I’m also telling you this now because I want municipalities and provincial governments to be ready to supplement the reports.”

Zuma and a delegation of ministers descended on Muyexe to inspect the progress of the rural development programme, which he launched in 2009. He was accompanied by ministers Angie Motshekga (basic education), Bathabile Dlamimi (social development), Ben

Martins (transport), Tina Joemat-Pettersson (agriculture and fisheries) and Gugile Nkwinti (agriculture and land reform).

Facilities which have been developed in the area as part of the pilot programme, which will be implemented in nine other areas across the country, include: a post office, computer lab with internet access, clinic, water purification plant, an early childhood development centre and a vegetable farm.

Zuma said he was happy to see these developments, which were not there when he visited the area some time ago. “The situation has changed from the last time we were here. There are structures that are now operating that were not here the last time we were here.”

Zuma also asked all the ministers to account for what their departments had done to improve the lives of the people of Muxeye.

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