South Africans Slam ANC for Promising to Deliver Services in 2023: “29 Years Too Late,” Citizens Complain

South Africans Slam ANC for Promising to Deliver Services in 2023: “29 Years Too Late,” Citizens Complain

  • The African National Congress is making hefty promises to South Africans ahead of the 2024 elections season
  • The party has vowed to make service delivery one of its main priorities as part of the ANC's journey to renewal
  • South Africans aren't impressed with the party's promises and have accused the ruling party of offering citizens lip service on the issue

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JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress has recalibrated its priorities to focus on service delivery in 2023.

South Africans fed up with ANC after party promises to deliver servicers in 2023
The ANC has promised to prioritise service delivery in 2023, frustrating South Africans. Image: Darren Stewart & stock image
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ANC Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula told party supporters during the ANC's 111th-anniversary celebration on Sunday, 5 February, that 2023 will be the year of decisive action for the ruling party, The Witness reported.

Mbalula said that citizens couldn't care less about the outcome of the ANC's national elective conference in December and only care about reliable services.

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The ruling party's sudden fixation on delivering services forms part of the party's renewal strategy, which President Cyril Ramaphosa outlined in the ANC's 8 January statement, EWN reported.

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South Africans are tired of hearing the same old story from the ANC

Citizens are fed up with being served lip service by the ruling party, asking what the ANC has been doing for the past 29 years.

Here's what South Africans are saying:

Ben Denton commented:

"Spewing nonsense before election time as usual."

Mpumza Zondi Dlamini stated:

"Why 2023? After so many years of selfishness, corruption and looting of funds for their own benefits... The ANC is a wicked, dangerous party."

Dave Frame claimed:

"I guess that’s an admission it hasn’t been a priority for the past few years then."

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Lourens En Annelize Botes added:

"29 years too late."

Selena Govender said:

"Heard it all before every election, starting with Mandela."

Leonard King asked:

"Because it's close to voting time? Whenever it gets close to this time, they start bringing out the promises... Just saying."

Nick Jones exclaimed:

"Fat chance!! They have proven to everyone that they are not capable of running a raffle!"

Ruan Van Den Heever argued:

"The ANC are delusional to think anyone still believes in them, the Architects of Ruin!"

Fikile Mbalula issues stern warning to mediocre ANC cadres at 111th birthday rally: “We don’t want lazy people”

In another story, Briefly News reported that Secretary-General of the African National Congress Fikile Mbalula had some stern words for "lazy" party members who aren't interested in working.

Mbalula addressed party members at the ANC's 8 January birthday celebration in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday, 5 February. The SG made it clear that underperformance would not be tolerated in the ANC.

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Mbalula said:

"If you are not working, you are lazy. Go home and stay home, we don’t want lazy people this year."

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Lerato Mutsila (Current affairs editor) Lerato Mutsila is a journalist with 3 years of experience. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Pearson Institute of Higher Education in 2020, majoring in broadcast journalism, political science and communication. Lerato joined the Briefly News current affairs desk in August 2022. Mutsila is also a fellow of the 2021/2022 Young African Journalists Acceleration programme, which trained African journalists in climate journalism. You can contact Lerato at

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