Voter to Cyril Ramaphosa: Who are you?

2013-07-21 10:01

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

“Who are you? Are you Ndebele or Zulu?”

These were some of the embarrassing questions posed by Ga-Sekhukhune grandmother Matshehle Phala to ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa during his door-to-door campaign in Limpopo last Saturday.

Though Ramaphosa appeared unfazed, Limpopo ANC members who accompanied him dropped their jaws in shame.

“This man is not that popular here, they should have brought President Jacob Zuma instead,” whispered one in an ANC T-shirt as a seated Phala continued to demand that Ramaphosa identify himself.

Instead of answering, Ramaphosa asked Phala if she was familiar with the colours of the ANC that were emblazoned on the leather jacket he wore.

“Do you know these colours?” he asked.

“I know the spear. That is an ANC spear. We are going to vote for that spear.

“But you must increase our social grant,” she responded to the amusement of other party members standing behind her.

But it was grandmother Mangakana Seloma who generated the most embarrassment.

As Ramaphosa lectured Phala about voting for the ANC, Mangakana interrupted him by breaking into song and reciting a traditional poem.

When Ramaphosa asked the elderly woman to vote for his party, she said: “No no no, I will never vote for the ANC. Not even once.”

“We don’t have water and the roads are bad.

“How come these people here have water and where we live we don’t have it?

“We only have electricity thanks to the people you fired. We want them back,” she said, referring to the Sekhukhune ANC regional executive members who were disbanded by the provincial task team about two months ago.

Before visiting Ga-Sekhukhune, Ramaphosa went from door to door at Disteneng village outside Polokwane, where a few residents said they were going to vote for Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.