Zuma: Limpopo is the ANC’s province

2013-09-16 08:27

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A tough national election round was looming in the highly contested Limpopo, which President Jacob Zuma has claimed as the ANC’s province.

Zuma went on to raise the bar for his party, saying the ANC was gunning for at least 90% of votes in Limpopo next year.

All this while Limpopo is also a home province to prominent leaders of two newly formed parties – Economic Freedom Fighters’ Julius Malema and Agang SA’s Mamphela Ramphele.

Zuma was speaking at a brief event held at the graveside of former ANC Youth League president Peter Mokaba in Mankweng outside Polokwane yesterday.

This was ahead of his main speech, which he delivered at the Seshego Stadium, where the youth league was celebrating its 69th anniversary.

Zuma seemed unfazed by the Economic Freedom Fighters and Agang’s strong ties to the province, where he became the ANC president. He was elected ANC president in a convincing victory against Thabo Mbeki at the ANC’s national conference in Polokwane in 2007.

Zuma confidently said the ANC was demanding 90% of Limpopo votes in the upcoming national elections through which he will get his second term as president of the country.

The ANC has maintained that it was not having any sleepless nights over Malema, even though the former youth league leader said the ruling party was worried about the Economic Freedom Fighters.

In his address to the community of Malamulele on Saturday, Malema said the only reason the youth league had decided to host the event in Seshego was because the Polokwane township was his home.

Zuma, however, emphasised the need for the ANC to maintain its support base in Limpopo.

While the elections mode was still in low gear, Zuma stressed the importance of the ANC in Limpopo to get to work immediately and get potential voters registered.

“Other provinces can say they are campaigning casually, but here in Limpopo, we demand more,” he said.

“Limpopo is a very important province for the ANC because it delivers the biggest percentage of votes in the elections,” Zuma said.

The ANC president said Limpopo was the ANC’s province, adding that “nobody was going to make it a province of anything else”.

“We can’t allow this province to move in opposite direction to where the broader movement is moving,” Zuma said.

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