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Ramaphosa: PE residents are solidly behind the ANC

Cyril Ramaphosa says he’s convinced the ANC will retain control of the metro after the elections.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PORT ELIZABETH - African National Congress (ANC) Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the people of Port Elizabeth are solidly behind the party and no-one has raised concerns about the Constitutional Court Nkandla judgment against President Jacob Zuma.

Ramaphosa today conducted a walkabout at the Green Acres Mall in Port Elizabeth after visiting the Soweto on Sea township.

The party launches its election manifesto tomorrow.

The deputy president says residents of Port Elizabeth have not hesitated to show support for the governing party.

"I am more than convinced that we are set on victory. The people are solidly behind the ANC."

He says none of the people he's spoken to have raised concerns about the ANC leadership.

"I have not had a single disgruntlement and I think where there is disgruntlement would be, maybe, in the offices of the DA but not amongst the people."

Ramaphosa says he's convinced the ANC will retain control of the metro after the elections.

BATHABILE DLAMINI INSULTED IN PE

Earlier today, the planned opening of the Ernest Malgas drug treatment centre in PE, by African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL) president Bathabile Dlamini, was interrupted by angry residents of the New Brighton community.

Residents stormed the area and hurled insults and asked her to leave, saying she was drunk from expensive whiskey and that she was not wanted in the area.

The minister then burst into tears after the residents repeatedly insulted her.

A male voice could be heard imploring the resident to stop with the aggressive confrontation and instead go find a place to talk about their grievances.

WATCH: ANCWL President insulted in Port Elizabeth

It was later reported that Dlamini said she would have beaten those residents who insulted and forced her to leave the area.

As quoted by the Herald Port Elizabeth, Dlamini said the only reason she did not retaliate was because the ANC would discipline her for violent actions.

JORDAN COMES TO DLAMINI'S DEFENCE

Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Danny Jordaan later moved to explain that the ANCWL president was not insulted due to dissatisfaction with the ANC, but due to the high demand for jobs in the area.

The mayor said residents of New Brighton are in desperate need of jobs and what happened today is evidence of that.

"When you engage in any activity other than create jobs in a community, where there is a contestation around jobs, people want to be employed in that project and that is what happened."

LISTEN: What really happened to Dlamini in PE?

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