MORE JOBS, DECENT SALARIES AT CENTRE OF #ANCMANIFESTO
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.