The ruling party launched its 2019 manifesto at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on 12 January. Among many promises, party President Cyril Ramaphosa said the ANC would prioritise unemployment in South Africa.
The ANC highlighted high unemployment, particularly among the youth, as a huge problem that needs to be addressed. Ramaphosa also spoke about the issues of wealth inequality, gender-based violence, crime and corruption.
He said that the ANC would focus on improving the country’s education, training and health systems.
The ANC has promised to create an additional 275,000 jobs yearly by enhancing local demand for goods, installing larger investments in mining, manufacturing and agriculture and expanding export markets.
Free quality healthcare is expected to be achieved for the whole of South Africa by 2025, including a National Health Insurance scheme.
Mzansi social media users had mixed reactions to the promises made by the ruling party. Facebook user Khutlang Sello was more than happy and said:
"ANC all the way."
While Justin Henry Bezuidenhout said:
"I guess 25 years of lies and failure and corruption, state capture, oh and let's not forget struggling to keep the lights on says nothing, but sure thing, vote for more corruption and looting of taxpayers' money."
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