South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, and ANC National Chairperson, Gwede Mantashe, will on Sunday lead a team of members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) on a clean-up and rebuilding programme in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal following days of looting and vandalism.
The clean-up campaign will take place today which is the Nelson Mandela International Day celebrated each year on 18 July, Mandela’s birthday.
The leadership of the ANC will assess the damage caused by the recent looting and vandalism and engage communities and various stakeholders in the rebuilding and reconstruction programme.
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In his address on Friday, Ramaphosa hailed South Africans for coming together to launch clean-up drives in vandalised areas and for helping to rebuild the country. He said:
This Sunday, South Africans will join people across the world in celebrating Nelson Mandela Day.
As we reaffirm our commitment to our democracy, let us use Mandela Day to provide food to the most vulnerable in our society, to clean up our streets and to start the task of rebuilding.
Over the last few days, the South African public and businesses have organised relief efforts and cleanups themselves.
One of the ways people have unified during this time is through social media groups on platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp.
RebuildSA, a Facebook group formed on Tuesday, 13 July, quickly amassed a following of more than 27 000 members willing to lend a helping hand and rebuild the country.