Nkandla a non-issue for Nelson Mandela Bay ANC - Ramaphosa

2016-04-15 20:07
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at a walkabout at Greenacres Mall in Port Elizabeth. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa at a walkabout at Greenacres Mall in Port Elizabeth. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

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Port Elizabeth - Not a single person in the Nelson Mandela Bay region raised the issue of the Constitutional Court's Nkandla judgment, ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday.

Ramaphosa said ANC officials had spent a lot of time in the Eastern Cape visiting townships and even some outlying towns.

"By and large our people are more concerned about issues that impact on their lives," he told reporters while on a walkabout at Greenacres Mall in Port Elizabeth.

These issues included, local government, services and jobs, "and what we [are] going to do to improve their houses that might have cracks or [are] falling apart and when and how we [are] going to build houses, water, toilets..." 

"Honestly... not even a single one has raised the issue of the Constitutional Court and if they had I would tell you, but they haven't raised that and in many ways our people have also been filled with a lot of hope as they've been hearing our message."

Ramaphosa praised Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Danny Jordaan for the work he had done in the metro since being appointed.

He said Jordaan had corrected the mistakes of the past by getting rid of corruption and focusing on service delivery.

"That is what we've been telling people. With that there has been a lot of hope, and they've been saying to us 'please get on and do the work because our hopes are pinned on you as the ANC, and its leadership'."

Ramaphosa said he was confident the ANC would retain the metro in this year's local government elections.

The election on August 3 is set to be a fight for the country's metros - Johannesburg, Tshwane, and Nelson Mandela Bay.

However, many have wondered how the Constitutional Court's judgment, which found President Jacob Zuma had violated the Constitution, would affect support for the ANC.

However, Ramaphosa said he left many of the communities he visited, feeling confident.

"The people are solidly behind the ANC. I have not heard a single disgruntlement. I think where there is disgruntlement, is maybe in the offices of the DA, but not among the people."

Read more on:    anc  |  cyril ­ramaphosa  |  danny jordaan  |  port elizabeth  |  politics

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