Fellow residents, we are humbled with the overwhelming support and trust you have shown in the African National Congress by entrusting us with your vote. Thank you very much for confirming that our liberation movement is indeed delivering services and fulfilling the wishes of our masses. This election took place at a time when we celebrate 20 years of democracy and reflect on the legacies of those who spilled their blood for us to enjoy equal rights.
We have a good story to tell and we plan to write many more chapters to restore the dignity of the poor. The ultimate sacrifice of those who were killed by a brutal Apartheid government was not in vain and we will forever be indebted to them and their families.
It is evident that the hard work and effort of our volunteers, branch leaders, members and the national leaders who campaigned in Nelson Mandela Bay cannot be equaled. Your effort deserves praise and gratitude.
I am reminded of the words of the late founding father of our young democracy, Nelson Mandela, after we clinched a resounding victory in the landmark 1994 elections.
He said: “I stand before you humbled by your courage, with a heart full of love for all of you. I regard it as the highest honour to lead the ANC at this moment in our history, and that we have been chosen to lead our country into the new century”.
When we celebrate our victory, we will remain mindful of the road