Zuma, Ramaphosa no show in Mpumalanga

2014-01-10 12:39

President Jacob Zuma and his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa failed to arrive at two different events they were billed to attend in Mpumalanga this morning.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu apologised to ANC supporters who had been waiting patiently for Zuma’s arrival at a taxi rank in downtown Nelspruit.

Zuma was expected to address the crowd and walk around the adjoining shopping plaza.

ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said the two leaders were busy putting final touches to the party’s annual January 8 anniversary statement to be delivered at the launch of the party’s 2014 election manifesto at Mbombela Stadium tomorrow.

The organisers of the mini-rally doled out yellow ANC T-shirts bearing a photo of Zuma’s face.

Mchunu asked them to come out and fill the stadium tomorrow in support of the party, which he said had worked hard to deliver on its electoral promises.

He cited the hand over of land in Mala Mala by Zuma on Thursday, which is worth almost R1 billion, as an example of its commitment to service delivery.

“When we did that delivery everybody was convinced we meant business about the delivery of land...We are delivering land because we understand that land is the backbone of economic development,” he said.

The party is expected to unveil its manifesto at a gala dinner tonight ahead of the official launch tomorrow.

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