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People speak and ANC listens

8 December 2008

In recommitting itself to deepening consultative democracy, the African National Congress (ANC) has come up with the theme "People speak and ANC listens" as it gears up for this week`s visit by President Jacob Zuma to the Eastern Cape.

Zuma rounds off his visits to provinces with this week`s tour of the Eastern Cape where he will meet communities, traditional and religious leaders, among key stakeholders. He has already visited eight provinces, gone on door-to-door campaigns and addressed packed gatherings.

The face-to-face engagements with South Africans have succeeded in making the ANC understand the true needs of the people and served to reaffirm the ANC`s commitment to eradicate poverty.

The provincial visits have also exposed the challenges the ANC-led Government still faces during its 15-year rule since the advent of democracy. Education and skills training are among key priorities identified by the ANC, with access to education having become an imperative.

Crime and the outcry against the shortcomings in our criminal justice system have deepened the resolve to seek a programme for transformation that will deal with crime and support for the rights of citizens in the Constitution.

The Eastern Cape is the home of the ANC and whilst it was last on the list of visits, it is an important investment in the future of the province. Polokwane gave the ANC back to the people and now the ANC wants to honour the birthplace of the liberation movement.

We will focus all our energy in the Port Elizabeth area, having noted inferences that there will be disruptions of ANC meetings. We want to state categorically that the ANC shall not be deterred from exercising its constitutional right to address the people of the Eastern Cape.

Issued by:
Jessie Duarte (National Spokesperson)
African National Congress

Brian Sokutu 071 671 6919