South African President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged this Sunday that his party "made many mistakes" over the past 25 years and that corruption "undermined" the confidence of South Africans
The words of the South African President, quoted by the Spanish news agency EFE, were spoken during the closing of his election campaign. He also asked for a "hope" vote in the African National Congress (ANC) party.
"The age of privilege is over. We are entering the age of responsibility," said the current Head of State, in the presence of around 70,000 people who were present at the Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg.
In his speech, Cyril Ramaphosa, who starts as the favorite to win the election scheduled for next Wednesday, admitted the mistakes of the past, but stressed that this only happens to those who are doing something.
"Clientelism and corruption undermined people's confidence and the party's ability to serve people's interests. We tell the country that we made mistakes. However, only those who do nothing have the privilege of not making mistakes," he said, promising a renewed South Africa and ANC.
The promises of the South African President come as a result of the various scandals that have shaken the party, notably during the administration of his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, forced to resign in February last year.
In that sense, Cyril Ramaphosa, who was vice-president of Zuma, called for people to come to the polls, so that one can "continue to build the nation that defeated the apartheid monster."
In addition to corruption issues, the South African Head of State promised to fight against the high unemployment rate (27%), poverty, gender-based violence and crime.
"We will not allow another generation of South Africans to live in poverty, nor will the doors of universities remain closed to the children of the poor and the workers," he concluded.
Nearly 27 million South Africans are eligible to vote in the upcoming elections, where the ANC is expected to remain in power.