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Ramaphosa: ANC in Joburg must work harder to reclaim city

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says ANC branches in Johannesburg need to work much harder to wrest political control of the city from those 'messing it up'.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa speaking at the OR Tambo Memorial Lecture in Meadowlands. Picture: Katleho Sekhotho/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says African National Congress (ANC) branches in Johannesburg need to work much harder to wrest political control of the city from those he claims are messing it up.

The ANC lost the key metros of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Port Elizabeth during last year's local government elections.

Ramaphosa was speaking at the OR Tambo memorial lecture in Meadowlands earlier on Saturday.

Ramaphosa says the ANC has a lot going for it and it’s about rebuilding those branches that have become weak.

He addressed a jubilant crowd at the Nkone Maruping Primary School in Meadowlands.

“We must get ready to reclaim Johannesburg from the hands of those who are messing it up.”

He says the ANC needs to become strong in order to win the national elections in 2019.

“Our glorious movement... and make sure that the ANC becomes so strong that we win in 2019.”

He says leading up to the ANC's national conference in December, the party’s policies need to be implemented.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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