“Just last week, water in Laudium and Atteridgeville was cut off yet again for nearly eight days. Once more families could not wash, could not flush their toilets,” he said.
“In many areas of this city, rubbish is not collected regularly and lies in huge dumps attracting flies and rats,” Ramaphosa said. “Informal settlements have not been upgraded and the city has failed to make land available so that residents can have serviced stands and move out of inhumane settlements on dolomitic land.”
According to Ramaphosa, the party wants Tshwane residents to give it a chance to fix the dismal failure of the DA, hence they deliberately chose Tshwane to launch their manifesto.
Ramaphosa promised that the party will do better as it was doing things differently this time.
He said the process of fielding councillors has changed where the party was selecting capable people and that only qualified municipal officials would be installed.
Ramaphosa launched the ANC manifesto in Tshwane’s city centre to hundreds of supporters on Monday evening under the theme “building better communities together.”
“And so, we come to you today, and call on you to come out and vote for the ANC so that we can again govern here in Tshwane and in many other towns and cities.
“We ask this so that we are able to put the programme of social and economic transformation back on track. We have come a long way in our young democracy, but much remains to be done,” Ramaphosa said.
As Ramaphosa was completing his speech, he said there were people with protesting placards that he wanted to see.
The placards were in protest of the DA government. Some of them were from municipal employees who said they were suffering.
One placard read: “Mr President we demand your intervention. No work, no vote. Emancipate municipal workers. City council is in denial, poor administration.”