JOHANNESBURG – Newly-elected African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his maiden speech as head of the governing party.
In his closing remarks to the 54th ANC National Conference, Ramaphosa tackled a number of issues from strengthening relationships with the alliance, fighting corruption, revamping state-owned enterprises and paying homage to his predecessor, Jacob Zuma.
Here are some of the best quotes from Ramaphosa’s speech, which was delivered in the early hours of Thursday morning in Nasrec, south of Johannesburg.
On top six:
“You have insisted that the people who lead this movement should not be from one or another faction, but should serve our people in their own right as representatives of the membership as a whole.”
On what SA wants:
“The people of South Africa want action. They do not want words.”
On the alliance:
“As this conference, we are in agreement that the ANC cannot be strong and effective unless we are part of an alliance that is strong, united and cohesive.”
“I wish to pay tribute to Cde Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who contested the position of President, for the manner in which she demonstrated commitment to our movement during the campaign.”
“It was during your tenure Nxamalala (Zuma’s clan name) and thanks to your vision, the National Planning Commission was established and produced the country’s first National Development Plan.”
On ANC corruption:
“The actions of comrades who are deployed by the movement should always be informed by the interests of our members and our people, not personal gain.”
On fighting corruption:
“This Conference has resolved that corruption must be fought with the same intensity and purpose that we fight poverty, unemployment and inequality.”
On land expropriation:
“This conference has resolved that the expropriation of land without compensation should be among the mechanisms available to government to give effect to land reform and redistribution.”
“At the state level, we must confront the reality that critical institutions of our state have been targeted by individuals and families who, through the exercise of influence and the manipulation of governance processes and public resources.”