The chairman of the Eastern Cape African National Congress, Oscar Mabuyane, is confident that the electorate will support the party in the upcoming general election.
Speaking on Sunday at the ANC Eastern Cape at the Osner Hotel in East London, he said that most citizens “regained confidence”, despite the instances of corruption being uncovered at various commissions of inquiry.
“More and more sections of society are responding positively to the ANC commitment on the path of renewal. Our people care less about national, provincial, or local government competences; they simply want the delivery of basic services, they want jobs, they want decent housing, and restoration of their dignity,” he said.
“We are currently watching various commissions of inquiry that seek to address the sins of the past and present, the wrongdoing, abuse of power, patronage, blatant corruption, and massive looting of state resources for the benefit of few individuals and their families because of their proximity to power. It is correct what is happening in the Zondo Commission and all those mentioned there must go and account there. This is part of the renewal that we resolved on in the 54th national [ANC] conference in Nasrec.
“Many have cried against the timing of these commissions of inquiry, but the call for renewal must be understood to be an engagement of war where casualties cannot be totally avoided,” Mabuyane said.
Regarding the problems facing the Eastern Cape, Mabuyane said that about 42 percent of the province’s population depended on some form of social benefit, with the country’s second largest unemployment rate being 46 percent. However, the province has attracted “billions of rands” in investment, which will create thousands of jobs and training opportunities for 50 percent of unemployed youth.
According to Mabuyane, these investments included R4.38 million by SAB at the plant in Nelson-Mandela Bay, R10 billion by Mercedes-Benz SA at its plant in East London and R3.4 billion by Aspen.