The ANC can no longer count on South Africans to vote for the party simply because it led the country to liberation, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday. Delivering the opening address at the ANC’s election manifesto workshop in Irene, Ramaphosa said the ANC would canvass for votes based on what the party had achieved and on what it planned to do in the future. The party is set to face a steep electoral battle in the 2019 national election, rendered more arduous by debilitating factional fights and power battles playing out in its own structures less than a year before the key election. The ANC’s election manifesto would be informed by the lived experiences of all South Africans and was set to include input from experts and academics from within and outside party structures, he said. Ramaphosa likened the process to the drafting of the Freedom Charter, which was officially adopted on June 26 1955. "Like the Freedom Charter … the manifesto must be a revolutionary document," he s...

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