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Church prayers and love spread during Sunday electioneering

2016-07-10 19:54
IEC voter registration office. (Elmarie Jack, News24)

Johannesburg  Church prayers, car washes, Zulu dancers, love in the air and a fight over family ties were all part of Sunday’s electioneering across the country.

While DA leader Mmusi Maimane mused that it was “good to be back home” as he campaigned in Dobsonville, Soweto, he lambasted ANC officials who had visited his parent’s home on Saturday.

"They have now turned to cheap stunts where nothing is off limits – not even one’s family in their own home," he said, according to the party’s Twitter feed.

Eyewitness News reported that former president Kgalema Motlanthe and the ANC’s provincial chairperson, Paul Mashatile, visited the Maimane home during a walkabout in the area.

'Not intimidated'

"He received us warmly; he is an old resident here and we don’t want to cause strife in any family so we understand his position very well," Mashatile told the news broadcaster.

"This will not work, and we are not intimidated," said Maimane on Sunday, who was accompanied on the campaign trial by his smiling wife, Natalie, who was wearing a blue scarf.

Her presence was announced on the party’s Twitter feed with a photograph of the couple hand in hand declaring, @MmusiMaimane and @MrsMaimane [are] on the campaign trail…” followed by a blue emoji heart.

Johannesburg DA mayoral candidate Herman Mashaba also brought his wife Connie along, with the party declaring on social media: “What would our leaders be without a strong woman by their side,” followed this time by three bicep curl emojis.

Mashaba launched his own blue bus for the election campaign, standing in front of the vehicle adorned with a large photograph of him and promising to “travel all over Joburg to meet as many people as possible”.

DA officials also visited the troubled Glebelands hostel in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal.

Meanwhile the ANC...

Meanwhile, many ANC officials sought the spiritual path, consulted with the elders, distributed party-branded T-shirts and even did a bit of car washing during their Sunday activities.

According to the party’s Twitter feed, national chairperson Baleke Mbete told congregants at the Evangelistic Revival Ministries in the Midvaal area, "As politicians, we also need prayers". 

She also invoked Nelson Mandela, suggesting, “We need to thank God for the life of Comrade President Nelson Mandela”.

According to the party’s social media updates, Tshwane mayoral candidate Thoko Didiza led churchgoers in Refilwe, Cullinan in a hymn 'Ha yo ya tshwanang le Jeso'.

Also attending church services across SA were the ANC’s Sedibeng mayoral candidate, Busi Modisakeng, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters, ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Deputy Health Minister Gwen Ramokgopa.

Deputy chairperson of the ANC in Gauteng, David Makhuru, was photographed on social media helping out a local car wash in Motsweding.

IFP manifesto Gauteng launch

The launch of the IFP’s manifesto in Gauteng appeared to get off to a slow start in Katlehong. 

Traditional Zulu dancers entertained supporters as they trickled into the Huntersfield Stadium ahead of the arrival of leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, dressed in a khaki shirt and paints and a black beret with two badges affixed to it.

“We are not trying to dazzle you with meaningless statistics and glossy photographs,” the Inkatha Freedom Party leader told supporters, according to Power987 radio news.

He delivered his address from a podium bearing the slogan, 'Trust Us: Vote'.

Rapturous applause for EFF leader

The leader of Economic Freedom Fighters, Julius Malema, received rapturous applause from the thousands gathered to hear him at the Munsieville Sports Ground on the Westrand before making his way to Evaton, while Cope's Mosiuoa Lekota was scheduled to campaign in Alexandra.

SABC News retweeted a photograph showing the United Democratic Movement apparently welcoming new members in Uitenhage.

Meanwhile Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Des Van Rooyen, in his capacity as the chairperson of the inter-ministerial committee on elections, visited Tlokwe over the weekend.

“Since the judgment, the IEC identified a total of 9 953 registered voters who are already on the Voters' Roll without addresses,” read a statement released by his office.

Previously, the Constitutional Court ruled that the country’s local elections were to continue on August 3 using the current voters' roll, but Tlokwe was the exception.

"The Tlokwe segment of the Voters' Roll will be certified on 15 July 2016; as such this put pressure on all of us to finalise this list," he was quoted as saying.

"Let’s all make an effort to make the local government elections possible for all the registered voters, including here in Tlokwe."

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