‘Progress made in reversing apartheid legacy’

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South Africa's President and leader of the ruling ANC party Jacob Zuma greets his supporters as he arrives for the launch of his party's election manifesto at Mbombela stadium in Nelspruit. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee

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President Jacob Zuma on Saturday said the party was making progress on reversing and addressing the legacy of apartheid.

“We have made inroads to reversing the legacy of apartheid,” he said.

Zuma was addressing thousands who packed the Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga to hear the launch of the African National Congress's 2014 elections manifesto.

He added that while the party had made progress, apartheid's legacy still existed.

“Today we unveil a manifesto that will free our people from the legacy,” he said.

It was no secret that the majority of South Africa's poor were black, particularly women and those living in rural areas.

This situation would change, Zuma said.

He said all citizens should share in the wealth of the country.

“The ANC is thus moving fast with [the] merger of a state mining company.”

Speaking about the manifesto, Zuma said it contained plans for addressing poverty and unemployment, with the economy taking centre stage.

He called on South Africans to assist with the task of growing the economy through hard work. - Sapa


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