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People want ANC to lead: Ramaphosa

People in Rustenburg want the African National Congress (ANC) to continue to lead, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Saturday.

“The people want the ANC to continue to work and lead them. We are happy because on August 3 [municipal elections] we will bury all other parties,” he said while on the campaign trail in the area.

“The ANC wants councillors who will work for you. If they do not work for you we will remove them. We want councillors and mayors who will deliver, who will not lie to you. We want people who will always speak.”

He said the Rustenburg municipality had put in place plans to address problems such as electricity, water, and housing.

“The mayor, Mpho Khunou, has told me there are plans and budget to address all issues affecting our people. We want to increase the power of the electricity so that it could cope with the demand. Vote for the ANC to give us the power to continue to work for you. Do not waste your vote by giving it to other parties. Vote wise, vote the ANC,” he said.

Ramaphosa was well received in ward 22 in Sunrise Park, Rustenburg, where he conducted door-to-door electioneering visits.

ANC members in yellow T-shirts bearing the image of former President Nelson Mandela lined the streets and pushed each other to get a better view of Ramaphosa, while others took cellphone pictures as he walked from house to house.

Young and old rushed to grab the yellow Mandela T-shirts offered for free.

“ANC is the big party,” one man shouted as he ran to see Ramaphosa as he visited the house of Elma Lebese, 45, who complained that she had registered for an RDP house over five-years ago but had yet to receive one.

“I went to the municipality [Rustenburg local municipality] and I was told someone else lived in my house. I want a house, I have two minor children to take care of. Help me to get a house,” she said.

Ramaphosa introduced the ward 22 ANC candidate councillor to Lebese, who told him the councillor candidate knew her problem.

“Vote for her, she will make sure your issues are addressed,” Ramaphosa replied.

He also visited the house of partially deaf Michael Mpete, 103, where he was told of the unreliable electricity supply in the area.

Khunou said the municipality planned to address electricity issues in Sunrise Park.

In its local government election manifesto the ANC promised to expand the electrification programme to un-serviced areas.

The party also promised to accelerate the upgrading of informal settlements.

The ANC is facing competition in the area from Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters, the newly established Forum 4 Service Delivery (F4SD) which was formed by former ANC councillors who were not happy about the ANC councillor candidate selection process, and the Democratic Alliance (DA), as well as the United Democratic Movement (UDM).

Ramaphosa was also expected to visit Zinniaville and address a community meeting in Boitekong on Saturday.

While Ramaphosa was speaking to people in town and Sunrise Park, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa was also on the campaign trail in Sondela informal settlement and at two Impala Platinum mine hostels before moving on to Boitekong extension 13.

The UDM is contesting four wards in the Rustenburg local municipality.

-ANA

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