President walks the walk

2018-03-13 06:00
President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the residents.PHOTOS: Ashley Potts (Facebook)

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the residents.PHOTOS: Ashley Potts (Facebook)

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He is quickly becoming known as the president of the people and he is on a steady mission to prove that.

Last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa joined locals from Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain on a 6km walk from the lookout hill in Spine Road, ending at the UDM monument situated at the Rocklands Civic Centre­.

“It is wonderful to stand here where the UDM was founded – right here at the centre of history, where history was made. Today we have walked from Khayelitsha to here where the UDM was formed and it has been a wonderful morning,” said Ramaphosa.

Avid runners, residents and local community leaders joined Ramaphosa for the walk from 05:00 to 06:30 on Wednesday last week.

This initiative forms part of Ramaphosa’s mission to promote healthy living.

“A brisk one and a half hours of walking and that makes us feel very healthy. Forward with a healthy lifestyle, forward,” said Ramaphosa­.

During the walk, he took time to address people as he passed, vowing to stamp out corruption and promote opportunities for the youth.

Some who joined the walk have described it as “humbling”, “amazing” and “memorable” as they walked, talked and snapped pictures with the state president.

Mitchell’s Plain Community Policing Forum deputy chairperson, Ashley Potts, who joined the walk, wrote on Facebook: “This morning’s walk with our president was a certain history-making statement of clear intent. I would regard him to be an honourable man who does what he says.

“He is set on a mission to promote a healthy nation as he today again declares the same would be for the position of the leadership of our country. He vows to do away with corrupt leaders and replace them with ‘good and effective’ leaders.”

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