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DUR­BAN - The rul­ing party’s al­liance part­ners have pinned their hopes on its man­i­festo hav­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact on the coun­try.

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa launched the man­i­festo at a rally at Moses Mabida Sta­dium in Dur­ban on Satur­day to mark the start of the party’s elec­tion cam­paign.

Ramaphosa took the reins in Fe­bru­ary last after his al­lies on the ANC’s ex­ec­u­tive forced scan­dalplagued Ja­cob Zuma to re­sign, fear­ing that the cor­rup­tion af­fairs and eco­nomic stag­na­tion that marked his nine years in power could harm the party’s chances at this year’s elec­tion. “At the cen­tre of our man­i­festo is a plan to cre­ate more jobs and en­sure that all work­ers can earn a de­cent liv­ing,” Ramaphosa told tens of thou­sands of ANC sup­port­ers.


Ramaphosa and other top ANC of­fi­cials have been tour­ing Zuma’s home prov­ince of KwaZulu-Natal last week, pro­ject­ing an im­age of unity de­spite deep rifts within the party, where a fac­tion loyal to Zuma re­tains sig­nif­i­cant in­flu­ence.

Some an­a­lysts say a re­sound­ing vic­tory for the ANC this year could em­bolden Ramaphosa in his drive to boost in­vest­ment and tackle cor­rup­tion.

The SACP’s Sec­ond Deputy Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral, Solly Ma­paila, said he was con­fi­dent the man­i­festo doc­u­ment would take the coun­try for­ward. “This is the real peo­ple’s man­i­festo, and we are happy to take it to the pub­lic since it recom­mits and re­news our vows with the peo­ple of South Africa to say once again that the ANC still be­longs to our peo­ple.’

He said the man­i­festo had re­newed the re­la­tion­ships among ANC-led al­liance part­ners ‘since the man­i­festo is aimed at re-en­er­gis­ing and re­vi­tal­is­ing our econ­omy’.

“There are now in­ter­ven­tions in the in­dus­trial strat­egy, which is about the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor of our econ­omy, which will lead to long-term job cre­ation,” Ma­paila said.

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