Wednesday, 27 April 2022 11:39

SA is not yet where it should be, there is still a long way to go |Ramaphosa.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has reminded South Africans that despite much progress made in South Africa since the dawn of democracy, the country is not yet where it should be and there was still a long way to go.

Ramaphosa used his speech to highlight significant strides made by the ANC-led government since 1994, saying among other things, the quality of life for citizens had improved.

"In democratic SA, 81% of people live in formal housing. Nine out of 10 South Africans have access to clean water and more than 85% have access to electricity. In democratic SA, basic education and health care is no longer the privilege of a few, but available to all.

"Ninety-six per cent of children of school-going age are in school. Two-thirds of these learners attend no-fee schools. Free tertiary education is being provided to young South Africans to study, a dream that was denied their forebears, "said Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa, who was addressing Freedom Day celebrations in Middelburg in Mpumalanga on Wednesday, said they wanted leaders to stop pillaging public resources.

The funds were earmarked for services to the communities and not the pockets of officials.

Ramaphosa said corruption was still a serious challenge in local, provincial and national spheres of government.

"As government at local, provincial and national level, we must consolidate our efforts to deliver on our promises to the people of South Africa by managing public resources properly and wisely and by taking a firm stand and line against corruption. Our people are tired of corruption.

"They want municipalities that are going to work for them. They want municipalities that will provide good services. They want leaders who are not going to steal their money. They want leaders who will deploy public resources to provide good services, "said Ramaphosa.

"Ramaphosa also reiterated that one of the challenges the country was facing was gender-based violence.

"Gender-based violence, substance abuse and other societal ills have become rampant in our communities."

"Crime and violence is eating away at our society. We can only defeat crime if we work together, as families, as communities and community leaders, as faith communities and leaders, and as individuals," he said.

The president also weighed in on the "deeply troubling" anti-foreigner crisis which has led to violent and deadly protests in several areas.  

"We are confronting a new menace, of violence against our brothers and sisters from other African countries. We have seen it in many parts of the country in recent weeks, and it is deeply troubling."

He admitted there was no doubt that issues of illegal immigration and its impact on the economy and society need to be addressed urgently.

The president also cautioned that the country was not yet out of the woods in terms of Covid-19 and called for those who were not yet vaccinated to do so urgently.

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