‘God and the ancestors want each South African to vote ANC’

2014-01-21 00:00

IT is God’s will and that of the ancestors that all South Africans vote for the ANC.

This was the message that the party’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa gave on Sunday when the party introduced its election manifesto to about 25 000 ANC supporters in Atteridge­ville, west of Pretoria.

This message follows Ramaphosa telling voters in Limpopo two months ago that they must vote for the ANC to prevent the “Boere” from coming back to govern again.

During his speech, Ramaphosa pointed to a hill behind the Lucas Moripe Stadium. On the hill, the words “Vote ANC” had been painted.

He spoke mostly in English, but said in Tswana those words on the hill were an order from God.

“Let us win votes so that the story that is written on the mountain can become true.”

He said God and the ancestors wanted each South African to vote for the ANC in the national elections.

“People must register. It is the civic duty of all of us to to go and vote and in this way honour Madiba’s legacy.

“The right to vote was not cheap — many people died and were put in jail. We encourage you to vote for the party of your choice, but quietly we are telling you it should be only for the ANC.”

The ANC has co-opted God several times to garner votes in the past few months.

• After a pessimistic article appeared in the Economist about the party’s predicted support, ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu in July last year said: “God is with the ANC”.

• In November, the party’s secretary- general Gwede Mantashe said the three-party alliance was like the holy trinity and that the ANC was Biblical.

• In the same month, Free State Premier Ace Magashule said to be angry with the ANC was like being angry with God.

• President Jacob Zuma had also in the past earned himself the ire of religious people. In 2008, he said the ANC would govern until Jesus returned.

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