S. African president Ramaphosa votes, promising economy first
Speaking to the media after voting at Hitekani primary school, Ramaphosa said in spite of the challenges the country had been through, change was imminent.
“This election has largely been about local issues. We are committed that we are going to embark on a process of growing the economy.
“Also attracting investment and the outcome of the election would be a major boost also to investors,” he said.
Some analysts have predicted that the elections would be the most difficult for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) since 1994.
The president said he was aware of the party’s past mistakes.
“We still have challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality. The clear mandate we’re getting out of this election is to speed up economic growth to address the plight of our people,” he said.
The president said his government was aware that communities want better services and issues such as corruption to be tackled.
“People want us to hasten service delivery. I’m humbled by the turnout. Never again, must South Africa go through what it went through where there was malfeasance and rampant corruption.
“Our people hate corruption,” he added.
Before voting, Ramaphosa interacted with other voters waiting in the queue.
Voter Salphina Nonakwe said that she would be voting for the ANC.
“We love Cyril Ramaphosa. We can’t judge before he tries. We don’t want corruption.
“We want our children to get jobs and get good education. No poverty, but jobs,” said the 52-year-old former domestic worker.
South Africa held general elections on May 8 to elect a new National Assembly and provincial legislatures in each province.
This will be the sixth elections held since the end of apartheid in 1994 and will determine who will become the next President of South Africa.
Incumbent President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the ruling ANC , with the party attempting to retain its majority status and secure Ramaphosa a full term in office as president.