DEPUTY President Cyril Ramaphosa has drawn a line in the sand for ANC councillors, saying the ruling party won’t tolerate public representatives who live lavish lifestyles at the expense of service delivery.
Addressing thousands of supporters at the ANC’s Limpopo Siyanqoba rally in Polokwane on Sunday, Ramaphosa said lazy, greedy and corrupt councillors had no room in the party.
“They must know that they are being supported, but we don’t want councillors who will forget people and start to live lavish lives. We want councillors who will be dedicated to serve the people,” said Ramaphosa, who is also the ANC’s second in command.
Flanked by senior ANC leaders including Premier and provincial chairperson Stan Mathabatha, Ramaphosa told the party’s faithful who had packed the 45 000-seater Peter Mokaba Stadium that the ANC was still thirsty to liberate South Africans from poverty and inequality.
He said this was part of the ruling party’s quest to bring social and economic changes to the people.
Ramaphosa dismissed other political parties as day dreamers that had nothing to offer South Africans.
“I don’t know of party in the continent that do what ANC has done. We have done well over the past years,” he added.
Shifting his focus to tripartite alliance issues, Ramaphosa assured Cosatu that the ANC was in talks with the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) to ensure workers attained a living wage.
According to Ramaphosa, more than 3.4 million people were receiving HIV and Aids treatment from the government.
He said the battle against HIV/Aids would be won because of the government’s track record.
“We are saving lives, when we go to the Durban Aids conference will be able to tell a good story to the international community. In the past we used to burry our relatives every weekend, now we are burying few. We will reach an agreement that our people will be in a better position.”
For his part, Mathabatha used the rally to launch an attack on EFF leader Julius Malema, who is the ANC’s former youth leader.
He said the province gave birth to a “misfit” child who went on to form a political party after he failed matric.
Malema was fired from the ANC in 2011 for allegedly sowing division and bringing the ruling party into disrepute, after he had called for the toppling of the Botswana government.
Until this year when he graduated with a BA Degree from Unisa, the EFF president was a laughing stock for some of his political rivals.
They used his poor matric results to undermine his political and social standing.
Acclaimed Limpopo Bishop Nthatheni Motswari said he would pray for God to unleash diseases and other unsavoury things on opposition supporters to prevent them from voting against the ANC.
“If you don’t vote for the ANC you must be attacked by cholera during the election. You must be attacked by ants and not make it to the voting polls.”