Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the ANC has done its best to keep its promises and deliver in the past five years. He says, however, there is still room for improvement.
Speaking to the SABC ahead of the party’s elective conference starting on Saturday, Ramaphosa says some matters could have been handled better.
“The ANC has done all in its power and capability very much to deliver. The life expectancy on our country was in the 50 years or so… it’s now moved to 64 and now we are on the cusp of introducing the national health insurance. Next year we are going to have the national minimum wage and yet there are areas where we could have done better and other areas where we could have done better and other areas where we have not done so well. So we are not going to kid anyone including ourselves and think that we smelling of all roses.”
Ramaphosa say so far they have met with the people and they have engaged with the structure of the ruling party. He says African National Congress branches have a mandate to go and vote and all now is in the hands of the delegates.
Ramaphosa has the majority of nominations to become the next leader of the ruling party, but the complexity of the leadership race means it’s far from certain.
Ramaphosa won around 55% of nominations from the party branches that will send delegates to the ANC conference in December.
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Asked about the many challenges at the various parastatal entities, the ANC presidential hopeful says all the issues surrounding state owned enterprises, mainly Eskom and South African Airways (SAA) will be put right.
“All these things are fixable. Now it’s all spilled out into the open. We now know what the ailments are on all these state owned enterprises; and now we know what needs to be done because we’ve had systemic problems and challenges. We’re now going to put all that right.”