The ANC revealed last week that at least a quarter of the more than 10,000 candidates it registered are young people, with the youngest candidate aged 20.
ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) president Bathabile Dlamini said the league would also campaign for the ANC, but demanded that the lives of women change for the better.
“We speak on behalf of women who still live below the poverty line and who are the faces of poverty, but have hope in the liberation movement and its capacity to change the quality of their lives. It is women who have carried the movement all these years. It is in their interest that we say their lives must change for the better because the ANC is a listening organisation.
“Mr President, we stand here to confirm that it is us who constitute the largest membership of the ANC, it is us who are the majority of volunteers who work on the ground to mobilise votes for the ANC. We are here to say we will do so,” she said.
Delivering the manifesto, Ramaphosa made a slew of promises, including that the ANC would prioritise job creation. He said they would end the outsourcing of essential services, which would mean ending labour brokering in municipalities.