IEC voting station. (Elmarie Jack, News24)
Durban - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa toured the Mandini district in KwaDukuza on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast on a voter registration campaign on Saturday.
Ramaphosa, speaking to journalists, said that he and his team had been overwhelmed by the spirit of happiness among communities, despite the challenges that they faced.
"People have raised a number of problems and [the availability of] water is one of them. They see the development happening around them in terms of housing and infrastructure. Many of these people are also in need of jobs," he said.
"Employment is a major problem and I told them government is continuing to make a conducive environment for business to invest. Government is [also] developing infrastructure to create jobs. There is no anger and discouragement, just a spirit of happiness despite the challenges and problems."
Ramaphosa said the aim of his visits had been to mobilise people to register to vote, irrespective of for whom they cast their ballot.
"Who they vote for is their own business but what we are doing is to encourage everyone across the party political spectrum to register," he said.
On challenges facing the African National Congress, Ramaphosa said that the party had a long history of resolving internal turmoil.
"We have challenges that we are addressing [as a party] and the good thing about the ANC is that it addresses them openly, honestly and directly. This is not the first time we have faced challenges. We are 104 years old and we will continue to address the problems and issues," he added.
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