The ANC has aligned its election manifesto with the vision of President Cyril Ramaphosa, which had begun taking shape in 2018. Ramaphosa was elected almost a year ago when former president Jacob Zuma resigned. During his first state of the nation address Ramaphosa outlined his plans for bolstering the economy and investment, and cleaning up the state and its institutions after almost a decade of looting through state capture. Ramaphosa was received well by the crowd that filled the 85,000-seater Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday for the party’s manifesto launch, in a province where Zuma remains popular despite waning popularity in the rest of the country. Zuma, who also attend the manifesto launch, was greeted with screams and applause. Ramaphosa received a welcome reserved for a statesman. The ANC is the first party to deliver its election manifesto ahead of what is seen to be the most hotly contested polls since 1994. Its majority has been on the decline since 2009, with its natio...

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