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Vhahangwele Nemakonde
Digital Journalist
2 minute read
4 Nov 2021
7:54 pm

Let’s turn the promises we made on the campaign trail into reality – Ramaphosa

Vhahangwele Nemakonde

Ramaphosa also thanked the IEC officials who conducted the elections amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses visitors at the IEC results center in Pretoria during the announcement of the election results, 4 November 2021, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on all elected councillors to deliver on all the promises they made to South Africans during the campaign trail.

Addressing the nation at the results operation centre (ROC) in Tshwane, where the IEC announced the final results of the elections, Ramaphosa urged the elected councillors to strengthen the trust of citizens through competence, integrity, performance and delivery.

“Over the past few weeks we have all spent time with South Africans from all walks of life, meeting them in the streets and being invited into their homes. They told us about leaking houses, of frustration at electricity cuts, of feeling unsafe because of crime, and of being despondent after years of not working,” he said.

“Local government must be a force for good, for development and for progress. If we are to make this a new and better era, we, as leaders, must put aside our differences and work together in a spirit of partnership and common purpose. At the end of the day, we all want the same thing: to better the lives of the South African people.

“I want to thank all the political parties and candidates who stood in this election for their conduct, their discipline and their commitment to the people. Let us turn the promises that we made on the campaign trail into reality. Let us unite for the common purpose of recovery and rebuilding.”

Ramaphosa also thanked the IEC officials who conducted the elections amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

ANC wins majority in 161 municipalities countrywide

Taking to the podium, IEC chairperson Glen Mashinini announced the results of the local government elections which saw the ANC winning the majority of the municipalities.

Out of 213 municipalities contested, the ANC achieved the majority in 161 municipalities, while the DA achieved a majority in 13 municipalities and the IFP in 10.

Out of 213 municipalities contested, the ANC achieved the majority in 161 municipalities, while the DA achieved a majority in 13 municipalities and the IFP in 10.

No party achieved a majority in 66 municipalities, said Mashinini.