The ANC is poised for an overwhelming victory in next week’s general elections because people understand that it will take more than 25 years to erase decades of colonial rule, ANC NEC member Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has said.
Addressing a political lecture organised by the ANCYL UFS branch in Bloemfontein on Tuesday, Dlamini-Zuma said the ANC’s elections manifesto took into account challenges faced by the people – poverty, unemployment and inequality.
The lecture was held under the theme, ‘The role and relevance of the ANC as a liberation movement through translating its founding principles into a programme of action into the lens of the ANC manifesto 2019’.
Dlamini-Zuma gave a brief historic lecture on the month of April by remembering Solomon Mahlangu, who was brutally murdered fighting for freedom.
The month is also marked as a turning point in the history of the country as black people were granted an opportunity to vote for the first time.
Dlamini-Zuma said the government will also work closely with the police to increase visible security for students staying out of campus, as well as assist about 500 students facing deregistration at the University of the Free State.
“Education is not only for people to reach their full potential, but it’s also an instrument which gives them a better life. Young people should have skills in order to drive the development and the economy of the country, which is hindered by the skills gap.”
The minister in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office noted the ANC pays much attention on education because it wants to shift from having a society which is dependent on job seekers to a nation of job creators as well.
The party has a policy of making sure that children who are less privileged are not denied access to education and would work towards ensuring compulsory early child learning.
She added young people would be trained to develop skills in order for them to be innovative.
“I urge all of you to go and vote to give ANC a free mandate to take the country forward and better the lives of our people. Use this opportunity because the likes of Solomon Mahlangu died fighting for our freedom,” urged Dlamini-Zuma.