Rally for Ramaphosa
ANC deputy president returns to province on SACP platform in presidential campaign bid
ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa will return to the province at the weekend to attend a Red October rally hosted by the SA Communist Party at the Nelspruit Rugby Stadium in Mbombela on Saturday.
Ramaphosa attended a cadres forum organised by Cosatu in Emalahleni, about two weeks ago.
He used the platform calling for unity in the ANC, while also wooing votes as one of the chief protagonists in the ANC presidential race.
However at the weekend, the provincial executive of the ANC Women’s League said it backed Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma for the ANC’s top post and Premier David Mabuza to be elected deputy president at the party’s elective conference.
SACP provincial spokesperson Lesetja Dikgale said the main message of the rally would be to stop gender based violence and child abuse.
Dikgale said challenges encountered by the alliance would be on the agenda.
“The SACP in the province will convene the Red October rally, with the main objective being to build as broad as possible patriotic front against crime including corruption and violence in general as well as gender based violence in particular.
“The event will be used to reflect on the challenges facing our country and movement,” Dikgale said.
He said the gathering was likely to receive support from other organisations in the alliance.
He said the speakers expected to share the stage with Ramaphosa included SACP deputy national chairperson Thulas Nxesi, Cosatu deputy general secretary Solly Phetoe, Sanco provincial secretary Mike Soko and Young Community League of South Africa provincial secretary Tinyiko Ntini.
Cosatu provincial secretary Thabo Mokoena said Cosatu was ready to support the SACP rally.
“Cosatu will fully support the SACP Red October rally,” Mokoena said.
CAMPAIGN TRAIL: ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is billed to speak at the Red October rally.