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By Peter Mothiba

Rise Mzansi Premier candidate for Gauteng Vuyiswa Ramokgopa addressing her party supporters at Mam's mall Mamelodi east, Tshwane
Rise Mzansi Premier candidate for Gauteng Vuyiswa Ramokgopa addressing her party supporters at Mam’s mall Mamelodi east, Tshwane

New political party Rise Mzansi was at Mams Mall in the Far East of Mamelodi campaigning for votes on Saturday morning.

Leading the campaign was the party’s Premier candidate for Gauteng Vuyiswa Ramokgopa.

Surrounded by hundreds of the party’s supporters, Ramokgopa greeted and talked to shoppers at the mall and informed them about Rise Mzansi.

“This is a national day of visibility for Rise Mzansi.

We want people to know us. We speak to them face to face so that we can understand their needs and what key issues are in their lives,” she said.

“As Rise Mzansi we don’t make promises. People are tired of promises talk is cheap,” said Ramokgopa.

“What is needed in South Africa is change in leadership.

The problem in this country is lack of quality in leadership and the City of Tshwane is one of the areas with the worst leadership,” she said.

Ramokgopa says their party chooses leaders via a nomination process conducted by members of any given community as opposed to imposing leaders from the top,” she said.

Rise Mzansi members campaigning at Mam's mall on Saturday
Rise Mzansi members campaigning at Mam’s mall on Saturday

“Every community knows who their leaders are and we as national office bearers will hear from the community as to who their preferred leaders are,” said Ramokgopa.

Ramokgopa says their aim is to work with community structures in different spheres of their lives and try to come up with solutions.

She pointed out that the youth must not be blamed for not voting as they honestly don’t see a reason to do so.

“We as Mzansi are here to give hope to the youth by showing them that through change of leadership in this country their problems may be resolved,” she said.

“But we are not prophets, or saviours or messiahs, but we are agents of change in leadership in this country,” she enthused.

The party’s Strategic Campaign Advisor Khumo Ramulifho told Tshwane Talks that they want to bring hope to the people of Mamelodi regarding issues like crime, lack of service delivery and substance abuse, especially nyaope.

“The people of Mamelodi are neglected.

We are asking them to vote for a new leadership so that they can see the real change that they need,” said Ramulifho.

One of the party’s field organisers Mavis Ngxiya, told Tshwane Talks that she is happy to be a member of Rise Mzansi.

This as the party is prepared to fight against corruption and maladministration in the country.

“At Rise Mzansi we are all leaders and we respect one another.

No one is superior than the others.

This is different to many parties where ordinary members live under dictatorship from party leaders,” said Ngxiya.

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