South Africans were yearning for a ruling party that invigorates the country’s ailing economy, incoming African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa said early on Thursday morning.
“The people of South Africa want action, they do not want words. They are waiting for action. The people of our country want the ANC that lives up to its promises and is true to its mission,” Ramaphosa addressed thousands of delegates drawn from branches across the country shortly after midnight on Wednesday.
“They want an ANC that lives to the values that it espouses and holds fast to the principles that have long defined it as a movement of our people. They want an ANC that uses public office not to serve vested interests but to build a truly developmental state, and a vibrant economy that is inclusive, and that serves our people.”
Ramaphosa was delivering the closing remarks at the 54th national elective conference, where he was elected ahead of former African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to replace former ANC President Jacob Zuma.
– African News Agency (ANA)