President Cyril Ramaphosa will have time to engage with members of the ANC and party structures when he visits Mangaung over the weekend.
ANC provincial spokesman Thabo Meeko confirmed last night that Ramaphosa will talk about party renewal and unity as pronounced during the Nasrec policy and elective conference in Johannesburg in 2017.
Meeko said the resolve to renew and unite the party takes place after the 60th anniversary commemorations of the historic ANC Morogoro Conference.
“You will recall that the ANC was celebrating the Morogoro Conference 60th anniversary and also launching the unity and renewal programme. We envisage that the President will take us on board this programme so that from there we can draw clear programmes guiding ANC structures on renewal and unity,” he noted.
Meanwhile, Meeko lauded the performance of the ANC in Edenburg, Xhariep where the ruling party on Wednesday retained a ward that had been left vacant following the resignation of its councillor due to dual duties.
The poll, which was declared free and fair by the elections controlling body Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), was also contested by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the Democratic Alliance (DA) and one independent candidate.
“We are excited that we managed to retain our ward in this by-election. Our volunteers worked hard and long hours to ensure this victory and for that we are thankful,” said Meeko.
He added that the new ANC councillor in the area, Mziwanele Vincent Malgas, is a young person who oozes with the energy to impact on the lives of the people in a positive way.
The ANC’s victory in the area further vindicates the position that voters still trust the party.
The ANC beat the opposition to claim the ward by 49.94%, a far cry from the 77.60% it garnered in the 2016 municipal elections.
Voter turnout was 52.61%, according to the IEC.