Malalane - It is not yet clear whether ANC President Jacob Zuma will slaughter cows for Mpumalanga's one million voters who gave the ANC 78.23% in the 7 May election.
During his visit to KaNyamazane near Mbombela early this year, Zuma promised to return to slaughter cows in celebration, but only if the ANC obtained 90% of Mpumalanga's votes.
“There is a small celebration for people around our provincial office in Mbombela where one cow has been slaughtered to celebrate our victory," said ANC provincial spokesperson Sibusiso Themba. "We will soon know whether there's something big coming for the province."
During his visit in January, Zuma said: "When the elections are over, I’m coming again. If you give us 90% upwards [in Mpumalanga] during the elections, we are coming here to slaughter cows. Less than 90%, I don't come."
Meanwhile, the so-called new kids on the block, the Economic Freedom Fighters, will slaughter three cows in Mpumalanga after obtaining 6.26% of the vote, which secured them two seats in the provincial legislature, one seat more than the Congress of the People received last year.
“We know three cows are in the kraal for us, one in Nkomazi and two in Bushbuckridge. These were donated by some of our members and Good Samaritans," said EFF provincial convenor Collen Sedibe.
He said the EFF was not disappointed that they did not win the election.
"We are happy with the work we have done in the elections. We are less than a year old and we have secured a place for fighters in the top three, both nationally and provincially. We thank all the people who voted for us; that is why we are going to celebrate with them,” said Sedibe.
Themba congratulated the Democratic Alliance (DA), the EFF and Bushbuckridge Residents Association (BRA) for making it to the legislature.
The DA obtained 10.40% of the provincial vote, which secured them three seats, while BRA obtained 1.15%, which secured them one seat.
"The ANC congratulates all political parties who took part in the elections, especially those that will be represented in the legislature. This shows that our democracy is maturing,” said Themba.
Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj had not responded to questions sent to him on Friday after requesting they be sent via email.
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