ANC brings big guns to win over minority voters

2014-04-29 00:00

JUST a week before the May  7 general elections, the ANC brought in its big guns to urge minorities in Pieter­maritzburg’s northern suburbs to vote for the ANC.

The ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday spoke at an intercultural festival in a packed Aryan Hall, Pietermaritzburg.

Ramaphosa complimented the KwaZulu-Natal Treasury for the improvement of the Pietermaritzburg Airport, which he said he had not used in 14 years, but now seeing the beautiful airport showed the commitment of this government to improve infrastructure and development.

“When we celebrated 20 years of democracy yesterday [Sunday], that brought a lot of memories of what we together had been able to achieve for our country,” he said.

Ramaphosa said in 1994 Nelson Mandela led the process to ensure that South Africans put the final nail in the apartheid coffin and buried it with its draconian laws of racism.

“Before 1994, we had a regime that catered for only four million people and now we have a government that has built 3,5 million houses for people, which accommodate 16 million,” he said.

He said this showed there is change in South Africa. “We have a government that investigates and prosecutes those found guilty of corruption and in other parts of the world corruption goes unchecked,” he said.

He said the ANC had been able to bury racism through its policies of non-racism, enshrined in the Freedom Charter. “We built a solid principle through the Freedom Charter that South Africa belongs to all who live in it,” he said.

“We must promote and love our diversity, to protect Madiba’s ideal of a rainbow nation,” he said.

Ramaphosa received a standing ovationfrom the largely Indian and coloured audience. Some white people were also present.

He urged everyone to go in their numbers to vote for the ANC on May 7, to ensure that President Jacob Zuma implements the National Development Plan as a blueprint to develop South Africa.

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