Voters will show how much they love ANC at polls – Cyril Ramaphosa

2014-04-21 09:08

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Political party leaders spent Easter Sunday at church to encourage people to vote in the upcoming May 7 elections.

Leaders from the ANC, DA, Cope and many others braced the scorching heat with thousands of churchgoers for the Easter Sunday service at the Tyrannus Apostolic Church in De Deur.

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Sedibeng district mayor Simon Mofokeng, National Freedom Party leader Zanele Magwaza-Msibi, Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota, Economic Freedom Fighters commissar Floyd Shivambu and DA Gauteng provincial leader John Moodey were given warm greetings when they were introduced.

Congregants cheered and ululated with flags and umbrellas raised high during the introductions.

Apostle Simon Mokoena said the church was privileged to have guests of their stature attending the Sunday service. The different leaders took the time to encourage people to vote on May 7.

Lekota told congregants to vote because God worked through them.

“I wish we could vote with no problems or incidents on the day. Whoever you vote for will be God’s will.”

Shivambu called on people to vote for a better future.

“I encourage you to vote and it must be a vote that guarantees us a better future. That guarantees us that we will have this land without paying for it,” he said.

Ramaphosa thanked churchgoers for the role they played in ensuring freedom was attained and for bringing an end to apartheid.

He called on people to pray for government and a better life.

“I’m here to plead that you pray for our government. Pray that all spheres of government continue to deliver a better life for all,” he said.

Speaking to the media, Ramaphosa downplayed problems that have engulfed the party and said only voters could say there was a problem.

“The people of this country will be the final arbiters of the ANC when they vote,” he said.

“What people say outside is just speculation but they [voters] will say how they love this party [through their votes].”

He said the reception the party was getting during campaigning had been warm and it was confident of victory. He threw cold water over the Vukani! Sidikwe! Vote No! campaign headed by former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils, who is discouraging people from voting for the ANC.

He said those advocating for the campaign had defied themselves outside the ANC and would not see any success.

“Our message won’t be diverted by angry people. I don’t think their campaign will take off. What they are doing will encourage more people to vote for the ANC,” he said.

Ramaphosa said the party would emerge even stronger after the elections, as they had done over the years.

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