Cyril Ramaphosa (News24 Correspondent)
Thohoyandou - ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has
appealed to voters in Limpopo to ensure that they are registered in the area
where they live.
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Ramaphosa, who criss-crossed the province's Vhembe district
during the first day of voter registration, said he was impressed that people
appreciated their right to vote.
When he arrived at the Thohoyandou taxi rank, most busy
shoppers and hawkers told Ramaphosa that they had already registered.
For many it was an opportunity to shake hands with the
country's deputy president, and they greeted him from the corridors and stalls
of the taxi rank, and through minibus taxi windows.
He stopped and greeted them, giving his party's election
promises and asking about their well-being.
He asked young people about their schooling and encouraged
them to study hard. He also asked if they were old enough to register to vote.
Many hawkers at the taxi rank tried to sell goods to
One hawker walked about 100 metres to insist that Ramaphosa
buy porridge with traditional vegetables and meat from her.
He walked over to her stall and obliged, sharing the food
with Limpopo MEC for Health Dr Phophi Ramathuba.
Encourage people to register and vote
Speaking to reporters after meeting local ANC leaders and
touring the taxi rank, Ramaphosa said his aim was to encourage people to
register their names with the Electoral Commission of South Africa.
"Our aim to come here is to encourage people to
register and vote," he said.
After talking to journalists, he drove off to visit VhaVenda
King Thoni Mphephu Ramabulana.
The meeting was followed by a door-to-door campaign in
It was the first time a senior politician had visited
Malamulele after the 2014 uprising in which government properties were set
Communities in the area boycotted the 2014 general election,
citing a demand for their own municipality.
It appears the pronouncement by the Municipal Demarcation
Board that a new municipality will include Malamulele appeased villagers.
However, his reception was less welcome in protest-hit
There were mixed feelings from people who took pamphlets.
Some said they were eager to vote while others were not sure whether they would
vote or not.
One man shouted, "I have completed my degree I need a
job, I am unemployed."
A school and shop were set alight at Masakona village in
Vuwani, allegedly by a group opposing government's plan to include them under a
Police said four mobile classrooms and three fixed
classrooms at Rasikhuthuma Secondary were set alight on Friday evening.
A group also targeted the shop of a man suspected of backing
the new municipality.
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