“Now is the time to work, because this is now when the real work begins … This [party] is the face of service delivery. Our people who were protesting, our people who were not happy with us, it’s not that they were mad … They were expressing their frustration. Now is the time for us to go and address their concerns. As the leadership, we are going to go back to all those communities which were raising issues,” said Ramaphosa.
The ruling party won 57.5% of the votes in the recent general elections, retaining power for the next five years.
Ramaphosa, who will formally be inaugurated for a new term of office as president on May 25, called the elections the most difficult campaign yet, but “in the end, comrades, it does not matter how you get there, as long as you get there”.
“Even though we did not succeed in the Western Cape … It is going to come back.”
Ramaphosa told supporters the ANC would ensure housing, jobs, water and an end to gender-based violence and state capture.
“We must never, ever, ever go back to state capture … The Zondo Commission must be a thing of the past … They were saying [the electorate] at national level, provincial level, local government level, we must end corruption. And, comrades, we are going to end corruption.”
Ramaphosa said the ANC must be united to “clean it of all the bad tendencies”.
He pledged: “We will clean it of all the deviant tendencies.”
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