Ramaphosa offers words of advice to incoming councillors

2016-07-21 22:53
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed a crowd of about 1000 at a mini rally in Folweni, south of Durban, on Thursday. (Amanda Khosa, News24)

Durban – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday offered some advice to councillors who would be elected in the August 3 local government elections.

Speaking at a mini rally in Folweni, south of Durban, Ramaphosa encouraged a crowd of about 1 000 to go out and vote for their preferred councillors.

"These comrades will sign a contract with the ANC, the contract will say that they will work for the community and not for themselves and their pockets.

"We want people that will work for the community. After they have been elected, they must not be arrogant and stay away from communities. They should stay in the communities and humble themselves and not become those people that drive around in big cars and forget about the people."

Ramaphosa said the councillors should not steal money from council.

"We don't want councillors that will steal money that is meant to deliver services to communities.

Mistake to assume victory

"We also don't want them to employ their families in council, they need to remember the volunteers and know that they were the ones that put them in power.

"When you employ people you should employ people with brains and not dumb people. We also don't want oblivious and unqualified people. We want people that know their job and are qualified," said Ramaphosa.

He encouraged the gathering to vote for the ANC so that eThekwini regional chairperson Zandile Gumede could become mayor.

Ramaphosa said another important mistake was some ANC supporters did not go out to vote because they assumed the ANC would win.

"Our biggest enemy is that we don’t go out to vote, our supporter must go out and vote in August 3."

eThekwini regional secretary Bheki Ntuli warned against independent candidates.

Independent candidates not welcome

"The Constitution of the ANC is clear that once you stand against the ANC, you must never wear an ANC T-shirt again. If we find you walking on the street wearing an ANC T-shit, we will strip you and you will walk around topless," said Ntuli.

He said independent candidates undermined the ANC.

"Rule 25 clearly states that once you stand against the ANC, you have expelled yourself from the party. The provincial secretary said letters of expulsion had been sent out to independent candidates and we consider them fired."

Ntuli said the ANC would not accept independent candidates after the elections.

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