By: Otto Ngoveni
MALAMULELE – The campaign for the ruling party’s leadership still continues, where regions around Limpopo determine their support to either the deputy president Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa #CR17 or Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma #NDZ.
On Saturday the 4th of November 2017, Cyril Ramaphosa was warmly welcomed in his stronghold region also his homeground, Vhembe where there was a huge support for his special send off in Malamulele stadium.
Thousands of African National Congress(ANC) members from both Mopani and Vhembe regions went to fill the stadium to its capacity in support of Ramaphosa looking into the upcoming party’s 54th elective conference in December this year.
While addressing the mass, Ramaphosa condemned the ongoing crimes where people are killed continuously for ritual purpose- following the trend of murders that occured in the Vhembe region this year.
“It’s every citizen’s duty to make sure we live in a safe and protected place by holding hands with police to combat crime”. Said Ramaphosa
In the month of October, his counterpart Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma made a visit in her stronghold region of Mopani where she also visited the Giyani Community hall to encourage the party members to put their trust in her leadership.
Ramaphosa has been seen in and around the Vhembe region lately pushing the CR17 campaign and promising to implement the “Radical Economical Transformation” in return of the supporters confidence upon him in the upcoming ANC 54th Elective Conference scheduled for December 16-20
The Soweto-born Ramaphosa, experienced practical apartheid and became politically conscience in 1972 at the age of 15, under influence of Abram Tiro and Steve Biko.
He’s the Founder of Soweto Youth Congress and As a son of former police officer he was not allowed to participate in violent activities that were happening during the Apartheid governance.
Academically he Enrolled for BProc in University Limpopo, previously known as University of the North in Turfloop Campus and Completed and became a Human rights lawyer. He also Represented struggle freedom fighters in Soweto Uprising of 1976.
During his times with his fellows, Sydney Mufamadi, Elijah Barayi and Joe Gomomo in 1985 they collectively established COSATU and also found the NUM through the support from Mineworkers Shop stuwarts which now have over 650 000 members.
He served in all ANC National Executive Committee since the party was unbanned and also as a Secretary General from 1991 to 1997. He was then elected Deputy President of ANC during the 53rd elective conference in 2012 in Mangaung and officially appointed deputy state President since 2014 to date.
Festivities from the send-off included Traditional dances powered by Phalaphala fm and while in Malamulele Stadium was a live performance from Dr Thomas Chauke na Xinyori sisters.