Progress made to reverse apartheid legacy – Zuma

2014-01-11 14:10

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President Jacob Zuma said the party was making progress on reversing and addressing the legacy of apartheid.

“We have made inroads to reverse the legacy of apartheid,” he said.

Zuma was addressing the thousands who packed Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga today to hear the launch of the African National Congress’s 2014 election manifesto.

He added that while the party had made progress, apartheid’s legacy still existed.

“Today we unveil a manifesto that will free our people from the legacy,” he said.

It was no secret that the majority of South Africa’s poor were black, particularly women and those living in rural areas.

This situation must change, Zuma said. He said all citizens should share in the wealth of the country.

“The ANC is thus moving fast with the merger of a state mining company.”

Speaking about the manifesto, Zuma said it contained plans for addressing poverty and unemployment, with the economy taking centre stage.

He called on South Africans to assist with the task of growing the economy through hard work.

Zuma also said the ANC would move to speed up land reform and improve livelihoods, especially in rural areas.

“It is widely acknowledged that the ‘willing seller, willing buyer’ system has not been successful,” Zuma said. “We call for the finalisation of registration of beneficiaries to speed up land expropriation.”

During the next five years, land reform would be expanded to become more productive and contribute to food security, he said.

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