Mon. Apr 22nd, 2019

In photos: Cyril Ramaphosa charms Soweto ahead of elections

President Cyril Ramaphosa embarked on an campaign trail in Soweto in an attempt to regain lost ground before the 2019 elections.

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Cyril Ramaphosa said that campaigning for the ANC in Soweto was “such a wonderful homecoming.” He added:

“Every corner we have gone to, our people are continuing to reaffirm their unwavering love and support for the people’s movement, the African National Congress.”

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A cheerful crowd gathering in Orlando East. / Image via Twitter: @CyrilRamaphosa
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Image via Twitter: @MYANC

Unemployment, “mistakes and success”

He talked about the high rate of unemployment and promised hope for the future by bringing investors to South Africa to raise R1.4 trillion over the next four to five years.

Ramaphosa said the ANC’s track record of the last 25 years is “based on what we have done,” and explained that the party is demonstrating that it “cares for the people of South African and put our people first.”

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President Cyril Ramaphosa woos the crowd as he promises to “grow South Africa together.” / Image via Twitter: @MYANC
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Hopeful residents rocked up to listen to the president. / Image via Twitter: @MYANC

He admits that that ANC made mistakes along the way. However, Ramaphosa added that “we’ve made many more successes than the mistakes.” He went on:

“We have changed the future of our country. We have also changed the lives of our people.”

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A wave and a smile for President Ramaphosa. / Image via Twitter: @MYANC
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Image via Twitter: @MYANC

Promises to regain lost ground

Ramaphosa was joined by Gauteng premier and ANC provincial chairperson David Makhura as he assured the crowd that the ANC will win back the metros it lost along the way.

However, he is convinced that people will come out “in large numbers to support the only organisation they have ever known to improve their lives.”

Watch: Wooing the crowd

Soweto makes up approximately 10% of Gauteng’s 12-million plus population, according to Sowetan Live. Therefore, the upcoming 2019 elections are critical for the ANC.

The Gauteng Observatory report showed that the ruling party received more than 800 000 votes less in 2016, as compared to the 2014 national and provincial polls.

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President Ramaphosa was in good spirits while delivering his speeches and mingling with the crowd. /Image via Twitter: @MYANC and @CyrilRamaphosa
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The president made time for one-on-one talks with prospective voters. / Image via Twitter: @MYANC

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