Ramaphosa honors anti-apartheid hero Elijah Barayi

ANC South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa. Image: X/PresidencyZA

Ramaphosa rips into ANC NEC in leaked recording

In a leaked audio from an NEC meeting, Ramaphosa talked about the ANC’s readiness and plans for the May 29th elections.

Ramaphosa honors anti-apartheid hero Elijah Barayi

ANC South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa. Image: X/PresidencyZA

The lack of enthusiasm and NEC members abandoning volunteers has left them feeling unsupported.

Internal meeting: Election campaign discussion

Here are some concerns highlighted by ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa during an internal meeting about his party’s election campaign.

He also emphasised that his party should aim to secure 13 to 14 million votes in next month’s upcoming elections.

According to Eyewitness News, in a leaked audio from an NEC meeting last week, Ramaphosa discussed the ANC’s preparations and deployment strategies for the 29 May elections.

During the meeting, he expressed dissatisfaction with NEC members for not fulfilling their commitments.

“Sometimes our structures wait and wait and NEC members don’t appear, that deflates them. We’ve got volunteers around the country and we need to reinvigorate them.”

At the same time, Ramaphosa acknowledged that the ANC’s election campaign has faced financial difficulties.

However, he assured that funding would be made available.

“Funding for the campaign is definitely going to be there, we need to fire it up, with boots on the ground. Issue of posters is being resolved, issue of leaflets, we did say at the NWC [National Working Committee], we need to print out millions of leaflets.”

According to the Mail & Guardian, during the meeting, Mdumiseni Ntuli, the ANC’s head of elections, presented a report outlining the party’s campaign strategy to retain its government position.

In the recording, Ntuli mentioned that Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga had been praised for effectively communicating the ANC’s achievements through her department.

“We need something of a similar nature, where the government is aggressively communicating the success stories because these are success stories of the people of South Africa,” Ntuli said.

Ntuli emphasised that provincial MECs should follow suit, as there would be successes specific to each province under the ANC-led government.

He urged government entities and departments to provide the ANC’s elections team with information on all projects they plan to initiate before election day.

Ntuli expressed disappointment over the government’s lack of co-ordination regarding events with the ANC on Freedom Day, scheduled for 27 April.

He believed this occasion could have been utilised to align the plans of both entities.

The ANC released a statement on X , stating that they have noted the media’s interest in the leaked recording of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting discussing the ANC’s 2024 elections campaign.

Ramaphosa slams polls predicting ANC dip in KZN

On Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa dismissed election surveys indicating a potential decrease in ANC support in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) during the upcoming general elections.

According to The Witness, addressing ANC supporters in Amaoti, located north of Durban, during the ANC’s election mini-rally in KZN, Ramaphosa stated that the notion of the ANC losing support contradicted the actual situation observed on the ground.

Specific surveys indicated that the uMkhonto weSizwe (MK) party, led by former president Jacob Zuma, was eroding ANC support in the province.

Nonetheless, addressing the crowd, Ramaphosa affirmed that the people of KZN had greater confidence in the ANC than in any new political party.

Amaoti was severely affected by the water supply crisis in the eThekwini Municipality.

Even during Ramaphosa’s visit on Thursday, residents were observed lining up along the roads with buckets, awaiting the arrival of water tankers.

Ramaphosa assured ANC supporters that efforts were under way to repair the water infrastructure in eThekwini.

He mentioned that more sustainable solutions would soon replace the current reliance on water tankers for direct supply to residents.