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ANC NC provincial manifesto promises power in people’s hands

The African National Congress (ANC) in the Northern Cape launched its provincial manifesto in Kimberley under the theme, “The year of advancing people’s power, local government is in your hands” on Saturday.

The party says it aims to win at least 70% of the vote in the province, including four municipalities currently under opposition control.
ANC deputy secretary-general Jesse Duarte told the crowd that the party’s main priority is to tackle poverty. She also appealed to protesters to stop destroying their children’s future by burning public buildings – including schools.

“We will make sure that the people understand and know that they own every clinic, every school and every hospital. People must look after those assets. It belongs to the people. It does not belong to political parties who get angry and with a thing and then decide to burn the schools,” says Duarte.

The party is also hoping to win back municipalities it lost in the previous election. These include Thembelihle in Hope Town and Karoo Hoogland in Namaqualand.

According to provincial general-secretary, Zamani Saul, “There are four municipalities in the Northern Cape that are governed by an opposition coalition. What we want to do is to win all municipalities. We have already embarked on several programmes in those municipalities to strengthen the ANC structures on the ground.”

The party says urban migration is a real challenge and has urged voters to register in the area where they currently live.

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– By Nobelungu Nowapane

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