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Zuma: Eskom failures the result of apartheid

President Jacob Zuma has been addressing African National Congress (ANC) supporters.

This screengrab shows President Jacob Zuma, delivering his key note address at the ANC 103 birthday celebration held at the Cape Town Stadium on 10 January 2015.

CAPE TOWN - President Jacob Zuma says the country's electricity problem is not a result of failed leadership but rather a legacy of apartheid.

Zuma has been addressing African National Congress (ANC) supporters gathered at the Cape Town stadium for the party's 103rd birthday celebration.

Zuma says government is working tirelessly to bring the Kusile and Medupi Power Stations online.

"There's a belief out there that the electricity challenge is a result of the failure of government of lack of leadership.

"The economy of apartheid was racially skewed and structured to take care of the minority, not the majority of the country."

Speaking on culture the President said, "Feel free to sing, dance and express yourself as it builds our national diversity and pride.

"Apartheid forced the majority of people to live far away from economic opportunities, this exclusion must be defeated.

"Leave no stone unturned until we achieve economic freedom. The ANC belongs to all the people of the country."

"Every single cadre of our movement must know that his or her responsibility is to make local government function better by getting the basics right - wherever they have been deployed."

"We must build a caring ANC, champion the interest of communities. No issue is too big for the ANC to resolve, nor too small.

EDUCATION

He says South Africa spends 5 percent of its GDP on basic education.

Zuma says the country is doing well in terms of the matric pass rate.

"We congratulate the class of 2014. We are also showing steady improvement in tertiary education."

Zuma says there is steady growth in the number of university students.

The president says close to 2 million students have benefited from the National Financial Aid scheme.

However, he says the ANC is concerned with increasing fees at tertiary institutions.

"This escalating cost has become another source of exclusion for the poor and vulnerable South African child."

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