Bloemfontein - The recent general elections have shown that the people are impatient, African National Congress secretary general Ace Magashule said on Saturday.
"Our people demand service delivery, sustainable jobs, efficient health services, and an accountable government," he said in a speech loaded with rhetoric while delivering the annual Walter Sisulu memorial lecture in Bloemfontein in the Free State.
Their hope still lay with the ANC, which dare not betray them. The people were refusing to be subtenants and squatters in the land of their birth. This was the current challenge - to better the quality of life of the people, and this could only be done when the ANC remained an unapologetic fighting force, he said.
"We must increase the capacity of the ANC and alliance partners to wage an unrelenting struggle against the theft of our wealth and our dignity."
Economic self‑determination of the African people was the next vital frontier of struggle. "We can never waver or falter in our determination to achieve that. Africans must build our own industries, and manufacture the very goods that we need. In fact, to put it bluntly, we must consume what we produce.