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Zuma thank the people of Mpumalanga

21 June 2009

Today, (21 June 2009) ANC President Jacob Zuma visited Emalahleni, Mpumalanga Province, as part of the ANC Siyabonga (Thank you) programme. He started the day by visiting Christ for Warriors Church. He moved on to hold sectoral meeting with the traditional leaders and the business community. He ended the day with holding a massive rally at Sy Mthimunye Stadium in Ackerville.

Msholozi, as the crowd affectionately called President Zuma, visit to Mpumalanga is a fulfilment of the ANC commitment during elections that we will go back to all provinces to thank the voters for voting the ANC back to power. "If a person has done right we thank them, " he said.

In all his interactions, Zuma recounted the ANC Manifesto priority areas - creating decent work, education, health, fighting crime, and rural development - and urged all the people to work with the ANC government to achieve them. "We campaigned, you voted, we won and now have government in place. Thank you. This is your government, let us work together in partnership to achieve what we have set for ourselves. You must not be afraid of talking to us. You must advise us and tell us where we get things wrong," Zuma said.

The leadership of the church expressed their appreciation to Zuma for keeping to his promise that the ANC programme is not about elections but a concerted effort by the ANC to change the lives of people.

Pastor Matlou said the President`s State of the Nation Address was pro poor. He highlighted issues of government commitment to deal with corruption, HIV and AIDS, unemployment and youth development through the realignment of youth structures and the formation of the National Youth Development Agency.

In responding to the church the President said it is not by coincidence that the ANC visit churches. "The ANC is following an old tradition practiced since the formation of the ANC. He made a call for the church to identify its role in a democracy as it used to happen during the apartheid era."

Addressing a joint meeting of traditional, Muslim and business leaders, Zuma said both these sectors participated in encouraging people to vote for the ANC. He reported that in accordance to the people`s mandate, the ANC has already formed government which is representative and inclusive. He challenged these sectors to ask themselves what contribution they can make in the achievement of the ANC Manifesto priorities.

Zuma was urged by the sectors to ensure that the ANC continues to listen to the cries of the people. They expressed happiness that the issues raised during the election campaigns are already being attended to. They wished Zuma well in the next 5 years and to truly improve rural issues. They requested Zuma to come back after 4 years to afford them an opportunity to also thank him.

They accepted that uMbuso owethu (the government is ours) it cannot work unless they lend their hands and make it work. "Let us work together in partnership as the ANC slogan during the elections said and be part of the process of change we seek. Working together we can do more," they said.

The NEC members and the Provincial Executive Committee of Mpumalanga accompanied the President during this visit.

Issue by:
Jessie Duarte
ANC National Spokesperson

Ishmael Mnisi 082 333 5550