Ramaphosa visit to ANC founder’s grave rained out 

By Celani Sikhakhane

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s plan to visit the grave of ANC founder John Langalibalele Dube in Inanda in KwaZulu-Natal was derailed by heavy rain. 

The rain started while Ramaphosa was on Malandela Road heading to Ohlange High School where Dube, its founder, was laid to rest on 11 February 1946. 

Dube was also known as Mafukuzela, which means “an energetic and hardworking person” and the school holds regular commemorations to honour his name.

Ramaphosa had to change his plans and go to a stadium a few kilometres away from Ohlange to address ANC members. 

Scrolla.Africa was told by ANC officials that he would go to Dube’s grave for wreath laying after he finished his address. 

“Unfortunately, he had to rush somewhere after the address and provincial chairperson Siboniso Duma had to stand in for him. He was supposed to come here before he could go to the stadium but the rain disrupted all of those plans,” said an ANC leader who did not want to be named. 

The rain stopped soon after Ramaphosa got on stage to address ANC supporters. 

In his address, Ramaphosa told supporters that those who thought they would defeat the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal must forget about it. 

“There are those with their political parties who keep on making noise and saying Nywe Nywe Nywe. The ANC will win KZN and the whole of South Africa,” he said. 

Ramaphosa also said that the vibrant campaign for the ANC will officially start once he announced the election date. He said for now the ANC is still doing some warm-ups. 

He urged members to work hard in their branches to make sure that the ANC gets the support it deserves in communities. 

The party plans to fill up Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban for its manifesto launch on Saturday. 

Pictured above: President Cyril Ramaphosa with ANC KZN chair Siboniso Duma and eThekwini regional chairperson Zandile Gumede.

 Image source: Celani Sikhakhane


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