“Since 1994, the quality of life of South Africans has shown tremendous improvement. For example, we have expanded access to clean drinking water, housing, education and social security, and improved the quality of health-care services for the majority of South Africans. We have also increased the literacy levels of South Africans.
“In the recent past, we have been hard at work to ensure we alter apartheid spatial planning by ensuring more South Africans live closer to economic opportunities. In 1994, 26 years ago, the ANC inherited a country where the majority of South Africans were excluded from participation in the mainstream economy. We took it upon ourselves to formulate and implement many policies to transform the economy to benefit the majority.”
Mabe said the ANC respected Manuel’s right to an opinion, but said “there is absolutely no basis to portray a doom-laden picture of the country to the media and to the outside world”.
This, he said, particularly from ANC members like Manuel, fed into the “ongoing onslaught against our movement being desperately choreographed on social media platforms”.
“We urge Manuel not to fall into this trap,” Mabe said.