President Cyril Ramaphosa hosted a public engagement on Thursday in Sandton. It was initially billed as an engagement with white South Africans, which caused much debate on social media in the build-up.
ANC member and Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Andries Nel says "all national groups" were present and describes the meeting to 702's Bongani Bingwa.
Last night was a tremendously successful meeting, and it was taking forward the historic mission of South Africa and the historic mission of the ANC to unite all South Africans around the vision of creating a better society.— Andries Nel, ANC
There were people from all national groups present there and I think what was wonderful was that they were responding to the president's call of Thuma Mina to put hands together and work for a better country.— Andries Nel, ANC
He adds that the audience raised an array of issues from youth unemployment to how South Africans can stand together to combat crime.
They raised very sharp issues with the president - but in the spirit of seeking solutions, uniting and consolidating that social compact that President Ramaphosa has called for between business, labour, citizens and government.— Andries Nel, ANC
The president extended a hand to all nationals to unite and overcome South Africa's painful legacy of apartheid and inequality, he explains.
And to solve those problems, he emphasised that South Africa is the most beautiful country in the world. He put out his hand and said South Africa belongs to all, everyone is welcome and everyone has a contribution to make— Andries Nel, ANC
Listen below to the full interview
This article first appeared on 702 : Ramaphosa answered probing questions at Sandton public engagement