- Cyril Ramaphosa said that the party had let South Africans down
- He asked supporters to give the ruling party another chance
- The comments came as part of the ANC's election manifesto launch
Cyril Ramaphosa has admitted that the ANC made mistakes in the 25 years it has been in power and has promised the party will turn itself around.
The president made these comments at Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban on Saturday as part of the ANC's manifesto launch.
He told the 80 000 supporters gathered at the event that the ANC must acknowledge the negative consequences of the state capture and corruption that took place under its watch.
Ramaphosa's speech echoed the agendas in the ANC's election manifesto document, released last week.
The document includes promises to end corruption and the weakening of state institutions. It also features pledges to implement lifestyle audits on government officials, as well as crack down on tax evasion and dubious tenders.
The manifesto also reaffirms the party's stated commitment to expropriate land without compensation.
At the Moses Mabhida event, Ramaphosa also admitted that the ANC had disappointed its supporters over the last few years - a not so subtle swipe at his predecessor Jacob Zuma.
He asked voters to give the ruling party a second chance in the upcoming elections, slated for sometime in May (an official date has not yet been announced).
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