Service delivery protesters have not abandoned ANC – Cyril Ramaphosa

2014-02-08 13:52

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Service delivery protests are not a sign that people have abandoned the ruling party, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa has said.

“When we interact with people we find that the support for the ANC is enormous,” he said. “We will emerge victorious (in the elections).”

Ramaphosa was speaking to the media in the Tudor informal settlement in Kagiso, west of Johannesburg today, where he was doing a door-to-door campaigning to encourage people to register to vote.

Addressing residents after his walkabout, Ramaphosa said he had seen how they lived and what their problems were.

“We have heard that you are not happy where you are staying and that you want a better life. The mayor has told us of plans to improve your lives,” he said.

President Jacob Zuma announced yesterday that the fifth national general elections would be held on May 7.

Ramaphosa added that the protests that have engulfed the country were not an indication of dissatisfaction with the ANC but a plea to fast-track service delivery.

“Service delivery protests are a plea from our people to say that government should act with speed,” Ramaphosa said.

“They have not abandoned the ANC.”

He said the party had heard people’s pleas and would act with the required urgency.

“I’m very confident that the protests are not disgruntlement with the ANC, but they [protesters] want us to act with speed.

“We are addressing the problems and we are facing our people without fear, and we will continue to do so,” he said.

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