President Cyril Ramaphosa noted that the ANC had involved communities in the selection of its candidates and as a result they enjoyed the trust of the people they were to serve as they were rooted in the communities and had a strong track record of service.
ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa at the launch of the ANC elections manifesto in Church Square in Pretoria on September 27, 2021. Photo: Abigail Javier / Eyewitness News
JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress President Cyril Ramaphosa said the party has put in place a rigorous new interview process for its mayoral candidates as it seeks to ensure it has competent representatives and experienced at the head of municipalities.
Speaking at the launch of the party’s local government election manifesto in Tshwane on Monday evening, Ramaphosa noted that the party had involved communities in the selection of its candidates and, therefore, they enjoyed the trust of the people they were meant to serve because they were rooted in communities and had a strong history of service.
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Ramaphosa spoke of corruption and mismanagement within municipalities, saying they have diverted crucial resources needed to provide services to the population.
He said the party has made progress over the past two years, both in government and in the party, in fighting corruption and ending state capture and that it is was committed to doing this also at the local government level.
Ramaphosa said officials and officials who fail to perform their duties will be subject to disciplinary or other corrective action.
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“If necessary, people will be removed from their posts. When there is evidence that a crime has been committed, the case will be referred to law enforcement,” Ramaphosa said.
He also pledged that the party “would act swiftly against officials doing business with municipalities and against those implicated in maladministration.”
The ANC chairman added that the party would continue to apply its opt-out rule for all members accused of corruption or other serious crimes, and that members facing allegations of wrongdoing must come to court. the party integrity committee to explain.
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