Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Danny Jordan was blessed by the Bantu Church of Christ Bishop on Sunday. (Thulani Gqirana)
Port Elizabeth – The African National Congress is God's own organisation, women's league deputy president Sisi Ntombela said on Sunday.
More than 400 female members of the Bantu Church of Christ in the Eastern Cape were inducted into the ANC Women's League on Sunday in a blousing ceremony.
Thousands of women and men gathered at the New Brighton church, where the women were accepted into the fold and dressed in the green shirts of the organisation.
The event was attended by Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and her deputy Zou Kota-Fredericks, and party leaders.
Speaking on the sidelines at the event, Ntombela said the induction of the women showed the relationship between the church and the league was getting stronger.
The Bantu Church of Christ has been unapologetic about its support for the ANC.
The event was held at the church at the request of its head, Bishop John Bolana.
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Ntombela said the magnitude of the event, which was attended by thousands of women from across the Eastern Cape, showed the ANC was alive and well in Nelson Mandela Metro.
The ANC was going to win the city, she said, and there was no longer a question of it.
"This organisation is God's. He is with us and he will always be with us."
She said following days of door-to-door campaigns, the people on the grounds had assured them of this.
They would never stop voting for the ANC, and would never sell out Nelson Mandela, she said.
Accepting the women into the organisation, Sisulu said they were capable of making the earth move.
Now that they were officially dressed in the league's shirt, their job was to help ensure the party did not lose the metro.
"This place has Nelson Mandela's name. And we will never give it to anyone else while we are still alive. The ANC shall rule, forever," she said.