Ramaphosa sure ANC will retain NMB Metro after elections


Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed confidence that the African National Congress (ANC) would retain control of Nelson Mandela Bay come the August third local government elections.

In a brief media interview outside the Greenacres Shopping Centre on Friday before where he been conducting a walkabout and posing for pictures, Ramaphosa said the party’s leadership had only received positive feedback from residents during its various visits in and around the Metro this past week, and that virtually no reference was made to the recent Constitutional Court ruling.

“We have interacted with thousands of people and by an large, our people are more concerned about issues that impact on their lives such as local government, jobs, improving of houses, toilets and services. Honestly, not a single one raised the issue of the Constitutional Court [ruling],” Ramaphosa said.

“In many ways, our people have also been filled with a lot hope as they have been hearing our message. We had weaknesses in this municipality and that is way we brought Danny Jordaan to be our mayor… he has started to do many wonderful things in correcting the mistakes of the past. And what they [people] are saying, is that we must get-on as our hopes are pinned on you”.

He also stated that communities, irrespective of class structure, had been voicing their support for the ruling party, with many commenting they want the ANC to remain in office.

“Service [delivery] in areas might have been slow, but from the third of August, we are going to pick-up the pace and make sure that we deliver better to improve the lives of our people,” Ramaphosa said.

Speaking at an earlier press briefing, ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said the party had been humbled by the support it had received leading up the its manifesto launch at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium tomorrow, where a reported 100 000 are expected to listen to the keynote address by President Jacob Zuma.

“The people speak confidently of change as a result of the work of the ANC government. We are satisfied with the turnaround the municipality has made following the National Executive Committee (NEC) intervention last year, [and] we are convinced that the people of Nelson Mandela would give the ANC renewed mandate on the August third to build on the work already done,” Mantashe said.