NDP will uplift communities affected by poverty, crime – Ramaphosa

2013-07-27 11:01

The National Development Plan (NDP) will improve the lives of communities affected by poverty and crime, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has said.

“I’m quite encouraged once again by the ability of the ANC to be responsive to the challenges we face as a country,” he told community leaders today at the Shekinah Tabernacle in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town.

“As our people face challenges, as we have problems, we have a responsive governing party that will realise a storm is coming... and take proactive actions to do something.”

He said the NDP was not a plan collecting dust.

The African National Congress had decided to appoint an “economic recovery” task team to look closely at the practical implementation of the NDP.

Ramaphosa was in the area to get feedback from the community on issues such as gangsterism, unemployment and service delivery.

He said he was aware the region was plagued by gangs which terrorised people.

“Young kids, as old as 12, are falling prey to drug lords. We live in a country which has those types of problems.”

Ramaphosa said the NDP was putting measures in place to reduce such criminality.

The plan also addressed “opening the minds” of young children through early childhood development centres and improving social welfare.

“The one thing we are not is a stagnant country. We are a country on the move,” Ramaphosa said.

He would conduct a walkabout of the region later today.

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