16 April 2019

South Africa: Ramaphosa Promises Water and Electricity to Malema's Home Turf in Seshego, Limpopo

With only 20 days before the highly contested 2019 national elections, the African National Congress took its Thuma Mina campaign machinery to Julius Malema's home town in Seshego, Limpopo. President Cyril Ramaphosa went door to door, spoke to small crowds and went to receive blessings from the local traditional chief to woo voters from the EFF.

Although President Cyril Ramaphosa never mentioned the EFF or its leader by name when he addressed residents of Zone 1 in Seshego on Tuesday, there was little doubt about who he was talking of whenever he touched on the subject of unseating "smaller parties" that called themselves "the government in waiting".

The president took to the campaign trail in Limpopo after touring the West Rand and Eastern Cape the week before. On arriving in Seshego, Ramaphosa first visited the Moletjie Moshate Tribal Council to be introduced to the community.

In a room mostly filled with the elderly, Limpopo Premier Stan Matabata introduced President Ramaphosa to Kgosi Gau Moloto and the residents of Seshego. Matabata reminded the locals of Ramaphosa's work as Secretary-General of the National Union of Mineworkers back in 1982 and as the "person responsible for Codesa".

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