'NDP to help poor communities'

ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa visited Mitchells Plain on Saturday.

ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

CAPE TOWN - ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa believes communities riddled with crime and poverty will benefit from the National Development Plan (NDP).

He engaged with residents while on a visit in Mitchells Plain in Cape Town on Saturday.

The NDP aims to eliminate poverty and reduce the unemployment rate by 2030.

Ramaphosa told Mitchells Plain leaders the NDP will play a key role in turning their community around.

He was in the area to get feedback from residents on issues pertaining to gang violence, unemployment and service delivery.

He told residents he was aware of the fact that gangs were terrorising people in the Western Cape, with children as young as 12 falling prey to drugs.

But Ramaphosa assured them measures were being put in place to reduce such criminality.

The NDP which is endorsed by government intends to eliminate poverty and the unemployment rate by six percent over an 18-year period.

The plan has however been criticised as some believe these objectives will not be achieved.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has expressed concerned over the NDP while its second-largest affiliate, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), rejected it.

Cosatu believes the plan failed to transform the structure of the economy.