Rally for Ramaphosa

ANC deputy pres­i­dent re­turns to province on SACP plat­form in pres­i­den­tial cam­paign bid

The New Age (Western Cape) - - Mpumalanga News - FRANCE NYAKA fran­cen@the­newage.co.za

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.

PIC­TURE: BONGIWE MCHUNU

CAM­PAIGN TRAIL: ANC deputy pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa is billed to speak at the Red Oc­to­ber rally.

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