Zuma: We’re not in a hurry because no one but the ANC will rule

2014-01-17 08:23

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The ruling party is not in a hurry because “no one is going to rule but the ANC”, President Jacob Zuma has said.

“We want to eradicate all mud schools. We are already doing so. We are not in a hurry because no one is going to rule but the ANC,” Zuma said to loud applause from the pro-ANC audience at the official opening and handover of the Ngidini Senior Primary School – a former mud school – in Libode, Eastern Cape, yesterday.

Zuma said the ANC government still regarded education and health as some of its top priorities, as was evident in its manifesto.

“We want our children to be healthy and for them to study well and to be educated so that they can live decent lives,” Zuma said.

“We are changing the quality of the lives of our people.”

Zuma said the government wanted to eradicate mud schools in the province and across the country.

He said since last year, 44 schools that used to be mud schools were handed over in the province, proving that the government was intervening in the education problems of the Eastern Cape – the worst performer of 2013 in the country in terms of matric results.

The province obtained a 64.9% pass rate compared with the national results, which stood at 78.2%.

He said this needed to change and that the province must work hard in order to achieve good results like the Free State.

“We want the Eastern Cape to be counted among the best in terms of education,” he said.

Zuma, who was flanked by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and Eastern Cape Premier Noxolo Kiviet, encouraged pupils to study hard and to use the various opportunities provided by the ANC-led government.

“If we work together as a nation, South Africa will be a better place,” he said, adding that the ANC would rule until “that man” (Jesus Christ) comes back.

Zuma started the visit by touring the school, where he inspected the science laboratory, library and computer laboratory before unveiling a plaque.

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