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All leaders should encourage people to vote - ANC

2014-02-08 20:50

Johannesburg - African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday called on political leaders to encourage South Africans to register to vote in the forthcoming elections.

"It is important for all leaders, irrespective of political affiliation, to get as many South Africans to register to vote," he said.

"We are finding that some have not yet registered."

Ramaphosa was doing a door-to-door campaign in the Tudor informal settlement in Kagiso, west of Johannesburg, and encouraged residents to register to vote.

During his interactions with them, two major issues that were identified were housing and unemployment.

"Many people are saying housing is a problem and that the area they are in is dolomitic," he said.

He said plans were afoot to move them and to provide housing.

Many residents had expressed a desire to find work and to be able to provide for their families, and they had expressed gratitude for government grants.

"They are seeing improvements in their lives," Ramaphosa said.

During a walkabout he greeted residents and listened to their concerns. He also expressed satisfaction with the voter registration drive.

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

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