Ramaphosa tells frustrated Soweto residents: Only the ANC can solve electricity woes

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ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa campaigning in Soweto on Monday ahead of the municipal elections on 1 November.
ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa campaigning in Soweto on Monday ahead of the municipal elections on 1 November.
ZIntle Mahlati
  • Cyril Ramaphosa hit the campaign trail for the ANC in Johannesburg on Monday.
  • Ramaphosa told residents to trust the ANC's renewal process.
  • He said only the ANC was able to solve their electricity issues.

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa told frustrated residents of Orange Farm and Soweto that only the ANC could solve their electricity woes.

He crisscrossed Johannesburg on Monday, urging residents to vote for the ANC because the party was renewing itself.

A week before the municipal elections, Ramaphosa hit the campaign trail in Johannesburg, a metro the ANC narrowly lost in 2016.

Ramaphosa began his drive in Orange Farm in the morning, where he met hundreds of residents. His next stop was in Meadowlands, Soweto, and Diepkloof.

In each area, his message was that the ANC was renewing itself - and that voters should give it a chance.

Ramaphosa received a rousing welcome from communities as he walked about, waving at the elderly and young children. 

ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa interacts with residents in Meadowlands Soweto.

He switched among languages - isiZulu, Sesotho, English and Tshivenda - in a bid to connect with the supporters who had gathered to hear him speak.

He told residents the ANC was on the road to renewal, and they should continue to trust the party. 

In both Orange Farm and Soweto, the complaints about service delivery were the same: electricity, housing and unemployment. 

When Ramaphosa called on people to list their issues, residents shouted out additional complaints about the R350 grant and many others.

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He told residents that, because they were unhappy about service delivery, it did not mean they should not stay away from voting on 1 November.

He told the communities that only the ANC could solve their electricity issues. 

Ramaphosa also spoke about the pledge signed by ANC members last week.

He said councillors had committed to serving their communities - day and night.

Ramaphosa added:

These candidates we have selected, we have worked in a new way, so that our candidates are chosen by you. This time, we said 'let the community choose who represents them'. This is the way the ANC is renewing itself.

"We are ensuring that the people you have chosen will do their jobs to change your lives. We are working on fixing things, so that we ensure that the support we have is grounded in our connection to the people on the ground. The ANC is no longer remote from our people, but is connected to our people," Ramaphosa said.

He was expected to visit Alexandra on Monday afternoon, where he would wrap up his campaigning.

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