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ANC will retain power in Tlokwe: Ramaphosa

African National Congress (ANC) Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the ANC will still remain in power at the beleaguered Tlokwe Local Municipality in the North West.

Ramaphosa was at Potchefstroom where he conducted door-to-door visits at Ikageng township’s Ward 18 on Tuesday.

The ward is amongst those that will be contested for the by-elections next month.

The ANC Deputy President is in the province together with some of the party’s big wigs ahead of the party’s 104th birthday anniversary to be held at Phokeng.

Tlokwe Local Municipality is a hotly contested political terrain by the ANC, independent candidates and opposition parties.

The ANC Deputy President took the fight to other political contenders.

“Tlokwe is ANC territory; we are going to win these by-elections to make sure that Tlokwe is retained by the African National Congress. It is a given a forgone conclusion, Tlokwe will remain ANC,” says Ramaphosa.

The visit was also about talking and responding to the needs of communities. Ramaphosa promised a house to one of the residents.

“I am very happy, or maybe it is because yesterday I prayed to God to please give me a house, so that at least when I leave this earth I have a decent house, “says Khethiwe Kenosi.

Tlokwe independents have challenged the ANC to reciprocate political tolerance. “We are tolerant to the ANC’s presence in Potch, in our wards in our own yards , in our own houses they are more than welcome to come and talk to people, as we also expect them to welcome our campaigns as they will be rolling out,” says spokesperson for independents David Kham.

Ramaphosa is mobilising communities to attend the ANC’S January 8th celebrations in Rustenburg this coming Saturday.

– By Tsholofelo Mathibedi

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