President Cyril Ramaphosa’s rallying call Thuma Mina has found resonance with many in the Eastern Cape. This was evident at the launch of the provincial leg of the campaign in Mdantsane Township outside East London, when party members and volunteers rolled up their sleeves and got their hands dirty, putting the campaign into action.
The Thuma Mina campaign is aimed at evoking the spirit of voluntarism by all South Africans
Dozens of ANC members and volunteers in the Eastern Cape have heeded the call of Thuma Mina by President Ramaphosa.
A number of elected leaders such as ANC Provincial Chairperson Oscar Mabuyane and Secretary Lulama Ngcukaitobi were part of the clean-up campaign.
Ngcukaitobi says the campaign has attracted people across the political landscape. “It has been embraced by various sectors of the society beyond political lines, henceforth you will find that there are many people who do not belong to the ANC but who are part of our celebrations and making sure that they will be part of the people who deal with service delivery battles.”
ANC NEC member, Thabang Makwetla, says the campaign has a specific meaning to the organisation as a whole. Makwetla says it is imperative for the organisation to return to its former glory.
“In this period we in the ANC must prioritize the renewal of the organisation, the unity of the organisation and of course dealing with the challenges of our communities most importantly unemployment.”
Meanwhile, Nokonwaba Matikinca who participated in the clean-up campaign had this to say. “For many years there has been issues in our communities surrounding service delivery, and this is a call to action challenging us to work and make things right.”
The party in the province says it will ride on the enthusiasm generated by this call and speed up service delivery in some of the most deprived areas.