- Cyril Ramaphosa says voters should not punish the ANC in the May 8 elections
- He said elections were not the proper place for them to express their grievances over service delivery
- The president promised that his government would address all of the country's problems, if elected
Cyril Ramaphosa has urged KwaZulu-Natal voters not to punish the ANC at the ballot box.
The president said that citizens should not use elections to voice their service delivery concerns.
He made the comments while campaigning in Ladysmith over the weekend.
Residents in the area had recently protested over a lack of clean water, adequate sewerage treatment and a lack of housing. According to News24, the community has struggled with water shortage for at least the last two years.
Ramaphosa told the community that elections were "important", but said "It's not the stick you use when fighting for things such as water and sewerage." He added that his government would fix all of their problems, if elected.
Additionally, the community has reportedly been told recently that they will soon be provided a steady water supply via underground reservoirs, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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This is the latest in Ramaphosa's attempts to woo voters who are unhappy with service delivery. In recent weeks, several service delivery protests have broken out across Gauteng. The issue has led to rising tensions between the DA and the ANC in the region, who each blame the other for the service delivery failures.
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