African National Congress (ANC) Deputy President and presidential hopeful, Cyril Ramaphosa, has called on delegates at the party’s December elective conference to elect leaders who will move the country out of its current economic difficulties. Ramaphosa, accompanied by ANC senior leaders Mathole Motshekga and Aaron Motsoaledi as well as Inkatha Freedom Party’s President Mangosuthu Buthelezi, addressed party supporters at the Makhuva sports ground and Malamulele stadium in Limpopo on Saturday.

Ramaphosa started his Saturday morning by visiting his home village of Khalava outside Louis Trichardt in Limpopo. He later moved to the vhaVenda Royal Kraal in Dzanani where he met with traditional leaders.

Ramaphosa then went to the Makhuva Sports Ground outside Thohoyandou, where the SABC’s Phalaphala FM in partnership with the Radzambo Cultural Foundation hosted the annual traditional dancing competition. The vhaVenda Royal Council’s Livhuwani Matsila says they invited Ramaphosa to the event to show their support for his candidacy.

“The deputy president, honourable Cyril Ramaphosa is a son of the soil here in Venda so it’s obvious that he enjoys our support in whatever endeavours he undertakes to do as a person and as a leader of the country, he has our blessing , he has got our support,  we are very sure and serious about it.”

Ramaphosa used his time on the podium to urge ANC members who will be attending the party’s elective conference in December to vote for a leader with integrity. “ I appeal to all delegates that will be attending the conference to carefully elect leaders who will take the country forward and not leaders who are blind because the whole nation is looking for the conference to end all these bad things that have been happening.”

When addressing hundreds of other supporters at the Malamulele stadium, Ramaphosa reiterated his call for conference delegates to end the rule of leaders who loot state resources. He says the ANC should address the land question to ensure that black people have access to economic opportunities.

Ramaphosa also criticised the current ANC leadership for corruption and state capture. Click below for more on the story: