SADC ruling parties endorse ANC in SA polls

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From TINTSWALO BALOYI / AKANI CHAUKE in Johannesburg


SOUTH Africa's ruling party has received 
solidarity from fellow governing parties in the Southern African 
Development Community (SADC) regional bloc ahead of Wednesday’s 
elections.

Incumbent, Cyril Ramaphosa, who will lead the ruling African National 
Congress (ANC), disclosed the support on Sunday at the party’s 
“Siyanqoba/We are Winning" rally at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg.

He said among the parties that expressed solidarity are  People's 
Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), Botswana Democratic Party 
(BDP), Lesotho's All Basotho Convention (ABC),

Namibia's South-West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) and the 
Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) were among 
SADC regional liberation movements that graced the ANC rally.

The ANC meanwhile reiterated its solidarity with victims of the recent 
Cyclones Idai and Kenneth in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.

South Africa also suffered deadly floods in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu 
Natal Provinces.

A minute of silence was observed for the hundreds that were killed.

Appealing for voters to endorse the ANC at the polls, Ramaphosa admitted 
the ANC made mistakes along the way while tackling unemployment in the 
country.

He nonetheless said none of the political parties in the country had 
done more than the governing party.

Ramaphosa said from gaining freedom in 1994, only 9 million people had 
jobs in South Africa, but the figure had since doubled to more than 18 
million.

Elsewhere, the official opposition, Democratic Alliance (DA), and the 
third-biggest party, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) both held their 
final rallies in Soweto on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Analysts predict the ANC to retain power and EFF to dislodge DA as the 
official opposition.

– CAJ News

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