By Lesego Ngobeni, 20 January 2014

JOHANNESBURG – ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the ANC is the only political party with the experience and the ability to lead South Africa. He launched the ANC’s Gauteng manifesto in Atteridgeville on Sunday, saying the document is based on preserving the legacy of former President Nelson Mandela. Ramaphosa called the Economic Freedom Fighters and the Democratic Alliance Mickey Mouse parties.

He told ANC supporters that although the challenges facing the country are immense, the ANC is the only party with the experience to improve people’s lives.

ANC supporters attending the provincial manifesto at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN  “We’ve done enormous things that have improved the lives of our people.”   The deputy president says if young people in Gauteng vote for the ANC the party will offer them access to job training and internships.   He argued that victory for the ANC is victory for a better life and good governance. “The ANC is the only one that has to go back to the Union Buildings.”   Ramaphosa added the ANC’s manifesto is following on the example of the Freedom Charter and is not some document drafted in a smoke filled boardroom.

‘GOD WANTS YOU TO VOTE ANC’ At the same time, Ramaphosa says God and the ancestors want every South African to vote for the ruling party in the upcoming general elections.   He took a swipe at other political parties accusing them of waiting for the ANC to release its manifesto first because they want to copy and paste.   “The ANC is here to win the upcoming elections whether you like it or not.”

Pointing at a hill behind the Lucas Moripe Stadium, which is painted with the words ‘Vote ANC’, Ramaphosa said this was an instruction from God.   “Let’s go and campaign so that the story that is being told on that mountain is true.”   He says the reason other political parties haven’t released their manifestos is because they want to copy what the ANC is doing.   “While they are locked in their dark rooms we don’t copy from anyone’s manifesto.”

Ramaphosa says the upcoming elections will be about moving South Africa forward in tackling unemployment, poverty and inequality. ZUMA SAYS ANC WILL RULE FOREVER  Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma had said the ANC will rule “forever and ever.”   Thousands of ANC supporters flocked to the Mbombela stadium in Mbombela, Mpumalanga on 11 January 2014 for the presentation of the ANC’s 2014 election manifesto.

Zuma made the comments during a door–to–door campaign in Mpumalanga last week, saying those who thought the ANC would lose votes this year were dreaming. (Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)