Election bites: Prez won’t be dragged into Concourt ruling

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ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa has wasted no time telling ANC supporters about the newly signed National Health Insurance Bill. “I’ve signed that law because I realised that there is discrimination in the health sector. At the moment, those who can afford get healthcare that is much better than what the poor are getting.”

Ramaphosa has promised thousands of people employed under the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) that he has set aside over R15-billion to train them. He told ANC supporters in Isipingo in KwaZulu-Natal that the EPWP employees would be trained in plumbing, welding and other skills. He said the government would not only recruit 18 to 35-year-olds into these contract jobs but would also employ people in their 40s.

Ramaphosa has refused to be dragged into the implications of the Constitutional Court ruling that Jacob Zuma is not eligible to be a member of Parliament. “All I can say is that I’ve noted the decision of the Constitutional Court. The Constitutional Court is the highest decision-making body in our country. And we have given the Constitutional Court the right to arbitrate disputes between citizens and they have ruled and that’s what it is and I have noted that,” said Ramaphosa.

ActionSA addressed a community meeting with residents of Eldorado Park who raised concerns about drugs and gangsterism in the area. The engagement started with a motorcade to speak out against the involvement of the youth in drugs.

Mmusi Maimane, the founder of Build One South Africa, has penned a new book in which he accuses the DA of being an anti-black party that opposes all efforts to empower black people.

He said he has experienced instances in the DA list process where highly qualified black candidates were overlooked in favour of unqualified white candidates.

Patricia de Lille, founder of the Good Party, has backed National Health Insurance and plans to form a basic income grant. “A Basic Income Grant is more than an initiative, it is hope. Hope that you can change your life with your own hands. Good stands firmly behind this principle of self-empowerment and we commit to continuing an open dialogue with citizens and organisations in order to stop the suffering.”

Pictured above: President Cyril Ramaphosa explains the NHI Bill and other burning issues to ANC supporters.

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