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Worshippers get ANC promises

2011-05-08 22:49

Cala - ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe advised worshippers at the Eastern Cape town of Cala on Sunday to vote for his party in the local government elections if they want to receive water, electricity, free houses, tarred roads and street lights.

"I am asking you to pray for the ANC as we go towards the election on May 18," Mantashe said during a packed church service at the St Johns Apostolic Faith Mission church.

"We are promising to give you water, electricity, roads and street lights, but only if you pray for the ANC and that we win the elections."

Mantashe, who had been campaigning in the area during the weekend, is a member of the church and had been invited to address the worshipers.

Outside by a band of church trumpeters and drummers from Apostolic churches around South Africa prepared to play music for him.

Mantashe joked that he once had the choice between church and politics, but that he had been forced to chose politics.

He said the decision people would have to make on May 18 would be as"important".

"You must know who you are voting for," he said.

"But I am advising you to vote for the ANC. If you feel that you are not able to vote for the ANC you can go to other parties , but know that the ANC will always lead the country."

Ration of water

Outside the church locals from Cala stood in the mud in the rain,waiting for their names to be called so that they could collect their five litre ration of water for the day.

One woman Tembisa Ngcobela said what she would like more than anything was her own tap with running water.

"I have four sons and they are school," she said.

"I am happy with that. I am happy they have education and they have opportunities, but if I could have a tap it would be much easier," she said.

A woman standing beside Ngocobela, also waiting for water, said she had been diagnosed with tuberculosis and that she would like to have a better treatment from the clinic in the area.

"The government has brought us many things," she said. "But there are stills many things that we do not have. If they want me to continue vote for them, they must give us the things like the tarred roads and the taps."

Comments
  • Joe_Massahar - 2011-05-08 23:03

    You can pray for an ANC victory, or you can pray for water, electricity, free houses, tarred roads and street lights - because those 2 things will never come in tandum. PS. Isn't that what the ANC promised in 1994?

      clark - 2011-05-09 00:32

      - Let me try understand this. The Anc are repeating a promise to their voters , made repeatedly over the past 17 yrs. How is this promise any different to all the others ? Bigger house maybe ? Come on Anc , you gotta sweeten the deal . How about a free car , annual holiday and lets say 3 T- shirts and 3 food vouchers all round ? Wait ,how about a free weekend for everyone at Juju's mansion and free rides in his collection of limosines ? Ater all desperate times call for desperate measures. These immoral scumbags , are now using places of worship to spin their lies to secure votes . I'm suprised they dont threaten the congregation with the wrath of hell. Mind you , that's probably coming. The Anc has sunk to it's lowest and scraping the bottom of the Barrel. How much longer can even the most uneducated buy this bullSh1t?

      phillie - 2011-05-09 00:45

      The problem is and will remain forever is that these lemmings will forever vote on colour of skin lines and they will forever see the anc as the liberation of their woes

      Simpiwe Cele - 2011-05-09 04:00

      DESPERATE !!

      zaatheist - 2011-05-09 04:34

      The concept of prayer is quite literally insane if you also believe in a God that knows everything. He knows in advance that you are going to pray, and of course he knows how he is going to answer it! Do you actually think that God will change his behavior as result of mumbling a few words? So the imaginary god has already determied the election result.

      RobertKay - 2011-05-09 04:35

      The ANC has promised lights, water, roads and everything else since 1994, so where does Mantashe think he'll be able to fulfill their promises? The man is a hypocrite, being a member of SACP. Since when are communists religious? Typical ANC election B/S!

      PilgrimX - 2011-05-09 08:22

      Perhaps we may yet spot a few "ancestors" fixing potholes.

      Nunya - 2011-05-09 08:50

      They should rather shutup and go and erect walls around their toilets...Hahahahahahah!!!!!!

      Together - 2011-05-09 09:57

      So, South African citizens who don't pray for the ANC don't qualify for basic services? ""We are promising to give you water, electricity, roads and street lights, but only if you pray for the ANC and that we win the elections."?

      Daryl - 2011-05-09 11:20

      They didn't say "when" they would get the roads... only when the election was.

      paulf - 2011-05-09 12:11

      Why do Worshipers get ANC promises and Not the People???

      wsm - 2011-05-09 12:14

      Pray? 'Mantashe,.... is a member of the church' (!) How convenient! he is ANC Secretary General, and at the same time Chairman of the SA Communist Party. What utterly stupid church would have him as a member? As a Communist he is an atheist and denies the existence of God.. The naive church members are being used by Mantashe as 'useful idiots' - to be discarded when their usefulness role has played itself out.. Talk about religious stupidity!

      Matt - 2011-05-09 13:14

      @ zaatheist - if you have a small child who loves watching Ben10, you know that putting on a DVD will make him/her happy, but don't you want him/her to ask first? Then they learn gratitude, appreciation... or you just put the DVD on anyway without them asking and they don't stop to think who put it on or feel grateful that you let them... this is hardly a theological example but you get the idea?

      coolwaynie - 2011-05-09 14:06

      Don't forget the free wife which was promised by one of your other cousins in another province a few weeks ago....

  • Benzo - 2011-05-08 23:09

    If people believe that crap, they deserve what they get. ANC--- atheist??--- calling on religion as part of election campaign? How desperate can one get??

      Jan - 2011-05-08 23:40

      I agree friend. They are more than just desperate. To quote the Holy Book. I think they know "the writing is on the wall".

      rosemari - 2011-05-09 04:00

      The Masters of the ANC already think they are God. Don't forget all those who vote for the ANC are going to heaven. To use religion to gain votes just to win the elections for a load of empty promises is a dam disgrace. With every election comes the same promises they came into power with 17 years ago. Seem as if those who vote for the ANC have to die first to get those promises in heaven. Unfortunately they are lying to desperate people who will believe anything for a better life and the ANC have no shame in doing it

      eyrie - 2011-05-09 08:13

      there is a saying that you deserve the government you have and in this case you are right-if they continue to vote for the ANC because they have irrational fears for whites (who voted in the '92 referendum that all humans have a the right to vote)then they must not complain because they used their free agency and knowingly chose a party with such a bad track record---and using religion is low--something which is not unheard of amongst whites either

      James - 2011-05-09 08:20

      Shows you the brain dead people voting for thew ANC, thye couldn't give us anything for the last 17 years, all they took was for them self!! ....

      Educated - 2011-05-09 10:26

      I beg to differ with you bonzo. Atheists are much more intelligent than their religious counterparts which rules out any possibly that you'll find any atheist within the anc.

      Matt - 2011-05-09 11:59

      @ Educated - I really beg to differ. Like on another page where one claimed that humanism is not "we are God", then in the next paragraph said that we have the power of deciding what is right and wrong... duh! Or a chap who wrote about the Oort Cloud, which is apparently too far away to observe, has never been seen (even by Jan Oort himself), then says that those who doubt atheistical viewpoints on "creation" must prove it doesn't exist... duh!

  • struth - 2011-05-08 23:10

    Sickening isnt it when faith gets mixed up in electioneering campaigns?That is just how desperate the ANC are.

      Creeky - 2011-05-09 07:01

      17 years on and you still read the following: " Outside the church locals from Cala stood in the mud in the rain,waiting for their names to be called so that they could collect their five litre ration of water for the day." This is a SLAP IN THE FACE for those that have been voting FOR THE ANC, like old Pack Donkey's...... Know what? They WILL vote for the PROMISE PARTY........ AGAIN n AGAIN! Let them stand in the Mud and Wait for their Water Rations... NO SKIN OF MY POINTY NOSE!!!!

  • Jeff - 2011-05-08 23:13

    "The government has brought us many things" no lady that's what zuma and the rest of the crew are saying while driving to the bank in a merc from a hotel to check how much they stole

      eyrie - 2011-05-09 08:15

      the government has brought themselves even more things

  • frikdt - 2011-05-08 23:21

    "We are promising to give you water, electricity, roads and street lights, but only if you pray for the ANC and that we win the elections." Mantashe, you just (conveniently) forgot to mention WHEN. Meanwhile, to quote a saying used in the old USSR: "How shall the shortage be divided amongst the poor?"

      Shadoz - 2011-05-09 08:56

      Nice that is so true

  • Derek - 2011-05-08 23:25

    ANC, you disgust me!!! A church is a place of worship, not a platform for politicians to canvas for votes. What makes matters even worse is that the ANC clearly don't demonstrate Christian values (corruption, polygamy, self-enrichment....) They are simply using people's faith for their own political gains.

      POLLENYS - 2011-05-08 23:54

      Yes, ANC moving this election campaign to unprecedented low levels. Old Dutch saying: "Een benoude jongen maakt benoude sprongen."

      Jackster - 2011-05-09 10:17

      what happened to separation of church and state...?

      Matt - 2011-05-09 11:37

      @ Pollenys - I speak Dutch and you confused me... or did you mean "benauwd" because then it makes sense!

  • flamewulf - 2011-05-08 23:27

    As a Christian, I am disgusted by this.

      Jeff - 2011-05-09 09:59

      Well the way things are going you going to have to get used to it, the sad thing is the poor people like this lady will believe this as faith is the only thing they have left

      Matt - 2011-05-09 11:39

      If the ANC went to a sushi-bar, they'd say Jesus would eat sushi off a woman's body if it got them votes. Sick, sick ANC. And no, JC wasn't a communist either, communism goes 100% against the Bible (I'd say where one can see this, but every time I quote the document in question it somehow gets deleted - weird because there's nowt offensive in it?)

  • Doublepost - 2011-05-08 23:34

    The more I read the news these days the more I feel I am living in the Twilight zone. And no, that's not the place with romantic vampires and werewolves! Where are all the Church leaders?! Come on, speak up you bunch! Time to tell the populace that NO political party speaks for God! Time to remind them about that separation of Church and State, don't ya think?! If you carry on with your silence, while the ANC spread these lies and threats, I can only deduce that you are not true Church leaders but instead you have been brought by the ANC for 30 pieces of silver. Oh..how I long for the days when the church stood for what it believed in and didn't succumb to the claws of greed and power!

      Francois - 2011-05-09 03:33

      We are missing Beyers Naude rigth now. Can an emuritus Arch Bishop please speak up? Boesak you as well? (Just leave the part bout adultery and theft.)

      Sparxi - 2011-05-09 08:34

      Dear doublepost, stronger voices are needed on the separation of church and state, but a political party is not the state so they're pretty much free to make any wild claims they want since their goal is simple: win an election and get their paws on the levers of state. On your last line, I just can't stop myself from asking: when exactly did which church (there are many) last stand "for what it believed in" and hadn't succumbed, as you so poetically phrased it? Are we talking feudal times? Colonisation? Pre-Apartheid? Apartheid? Immediately post-Apartheid?

      Together - 2011-05-09 10:03

      Um, NOW everyone wants the churchleaders to speak up? Day after dreary day believers get slagged off on every possible site - there are many congregations and leaders who would gladly be able to help, but they concentrate on doing actual delivery - helping all the people (aged, sick, orphans, dying, addicted and hungry) that this foul version of the ANC uses and then drops like an empty sack after voting day.

      Anonymous Thinker - 2011-05-09 10:48

      You are right Francois, can't believe the bishop hasn't said anything against this blasphemous voting tactic. But then again, he is ANC all the way....

  • BrokenLink - 2011-05-08 23:41

    They are reaching new levels of desperation. If people believe this, then let them live in poverty and without basic services. At some point they have to start thinking and choosing for themselves.

      phillie - 2011-05-09 00:48

      The problem is and will remain forever, that these lemmings will vote on colour of skin lines and they will forever see the anc as the liberation of their woes

      KomboKitten - 2011-05-09 07:47

      the problem wont remain forever because WE CAN MAKE A CHANGE, start living the change you want to see in the world and you will see the change in those around you too. it is NOT impossible

  • Gert - 2011-05-08 23:52

    Despicable...

  • ilollipop - 2011-05-09 00:01

    Pray for the ANC to win the election.. Jesus isn't ready to make an appearance just yet, so on your knees and pray for the ANC to win. Otherwise just keep praying for miracles - like the ANC making good on any of these empty promises.

  • Tom - 2011-05-09 00:07

    Vote for us and we MIGHT give you street lights and roads. What we WILL do is give ourselves a huge 4x4, a fancy house, a fat expense account, a seat in the first class cabin. A looter continua...

  • marco - 2011-05-09 00:07

    The ANC exist in a parallel universe to the rest of South Africans where the only truth that matters is the truth decreed by the ANC.The ANC governs South Africa as if their political mandate comes directly from God.Will there ever come a time one wonders when the ANC will not be SA's ruling party.Do members of the ANC know that,like many former liberation movements,they will eventually become a sadder caricature of its former self.Were they not so arrogant as they are at present if they did not have such a zero-sum approach to power.Just as they don't listen or respect the will of the people in SA at present,one can only imagine that oneday soon there will come a day when no one in the Republic will listen to them either.

      phillie - 2011-05-09 00:50

      Marco you say ",they will eventually become a sadder caricature of its former self" Don't you think the have been there for 17 years???

      Damask - 2011-05-09 07:39

      If they can say that the ANC will ALWAYS "lead" the country, they clearly do not understand the concept of democracy.

      KomboKitten - 2011-05-09 07:48

      they have phillie. the DA is this countries only hope right now, they need all the backing they can get, and our votes. they are better than nothing (the anc is nothing - the anc are actually so useless that it is bad)

  • Intelligent.Investor - 2011-05-09 01:16

    Gwede Gwede Gwede what happened last time we voted ANC - no delivery ! Only fancy cars and huge expenses for ANc fatcats. Look at the Western Cape how nice it is - a world class city...dont you just hate the DA? IT Is TIME FOR CHANGE MY BROTHER !!!

  • hermannb - 2011-05-09 01:28

    Is it worshippers or worstshitters ? Only the latter will inherit the ANC.

  • YasButIDunno - 2011-05-09 01:40

    What a cheek - standing before God making empty promises. Tonight on Carte Blanche there was a piece about Kulufatso Zuma and his Aurora mine - he must weigh about 200kg while the miners haven't been paid for months. I guess he's too busy eating to take care of business. Sums up the ANC attitude to the voting public.

      KomboKitten - 2011-05-09 07:49

      wow thats so disgusting :( poor miners :(

      Together - 2011-05-09 10:05

      Um, NOW everyone wants the churchleaders to speak up? Day after dreary day believers get slagged off on every possible site - there are many congregations and leaders who would gladly be able to help, but they concentrate on doing actual delivery - helping all the people (aged, sick, orphans, dying, addicted and hungry) that this foul version of the ANC uses and then drops like an empty sack after voting day.

  • ewald - 2011-05-09 03:44

    "Mantashe joked that he once had the choice between church and politics, but that he had been forced to chose politics." Really Mantashe? We MUST be joking aren't we? No difference anyway..to the gullible and hungry there's no difference between a pie in the sky and a sky in the pie. As for you, you are fat.

  • tokoloshe - 2011-05-09 03:57

    BWAHAHAHAH!!! the ANC are such a joke and so are the brain-dead people that vote for it! The ANC have been making promises for 17 years now and after every election a new president arises, sucks up all the money for himself and co, on expensive houses, cars and private jets and then leaves the voters to suffer in poor conditions, yet the voters get brainwashed and fooled with false hopes and promises every time rite before the elections and they seem to fall for it every time! By the looks of it they would rather keep voting the corrupt ANC into power than have a white, non racist woman who has proven to make a difference and actually puts the people first before themselves! "THE DA". I must say a lot of past ANC voters have now finally come to their senses and are finally going to give the DA a chance because they have seen the difference Hellen Zille has made in the regions that she runs! Lend the DA your vote people! you will not be disappointed. We don't have to carry on living in fear of being murdered and raped at night, you can change that by simply lending Hellen your vote so she can prove to you what you have been missing out on for 17 years!!!!

      Damask - 2011-05-09 07:41

      ROFL was my first reaction too

  • Aluicius Jones - 2011-05-09 05:37

    Excuse me but who at the moment is running the Eastern Cape - the anc - they should have already provided these things to those people. And yes those poor gullible lemmings will again vote anc.

  • perthbok - 2011-05-09 05:48

    Classic. I remember these promises in 94 and they still playing these promising games. I just can't comprehend how these freaks still fall for it year in and year out. Really I can't fathom this. Pleasebhelp

  • Errol - 2011-05-09 06:03

    This is shocking - using the church for political ends - I am amazed that this church allowed it - shame on the pastor. The church should be above party politics.

  • BigD - 2011-05-09 06:22

    To use the chuch like this for gaining votes is a disgrace. To tell lies in church is the worst sin one can make.

  • anti crime - 2011-05-09 06:22

    just vote for anc again idiots...u deserve to suffer because you are too blind to see what's going on...OHHH NOOO we will go to hell if we don't vote ANC...stupid.....wake up n smell the coffee.

  • Grandpa Edison - 2011-05-09 06:29

    Mantashe is such an idiot!! It is a forgone conclusion that the ANC will win the election, if they deserve it or not is another question. I have no problem with the ANC, if they lead us properly, what bugs me is that they keep on promising stuff they can not deliver (amongst many things). The ANC would be more successful at delivery if they quit stealing all the bucks in the first place. They would rather display a selfish all for me attitude than what their freedom charter promises. The ANC has become worse than the group of people they most detest, i.e. the old apartheid regime!! Liars, cheats, thieves and human rights abusers (to mention a few). Come on ANC what are you trying to prove? Lets build a strong united South Africa with vision and depth, instead of this racist, chaotic, money grabbing, one party state. Mandela must be freaking out with this sinking of a dream!!

  • Grandpa Edison - 2011-05-09 06:30

    Mantashe is such an idiot!! It is a forgone conclusion that the ANC will win the election, if they deserve it or not is another question. I have no problem with the ANC, if they lead us properly, what bugs me is that they keep on promising stuff they can not deliver (amongst many things). The ANC would be more successful at delivery if they quit stealing all the bucks in the first place. They would rather display a selfish all for me attitude than what their freedom charter promises. The ANC has become worse than the group of people they most detest, i.e. the old apartheid regime!! Liars, cheats, thieves and human rights abusers (to mention a few). Come on ANC what are you trying to prove? Lets build a strong united South Africa with vision and depth, instead of this racist, chaotic, money grabbing, one party state. Mandela must be freaking out with this sinking of a dream!!

  • Bonzer - 2011-05-09 06:38

    I don't believe in God but I still think prayer will work better than the ANC, how hopeless is that?

      KomboKitten - 2011-05-09 07:52

      you don't believe in the creator of everything? so you think we just appeared here by ourselves? i hope you see the light soon

      KomboKitten - 2011-05-09 07:53

      everything is very planned, by the mind from which the creation of our world/existence was born. just like how ideas are born from our individual minds.

      Sparxi - 2011-05-09 08:49

      @ kombokitten: if everything is so perfectly planned to the finest detail by a single creator and all our existences were on tracks that have already been pre-determined, then is that creator specifically responsible for all things good and evil? Or is there some vassal / creature responsible for all evil and the creator only for all things good? Is the creator, as the creator of all things, then also responsible (and accountable) for such an evil being? How is it possible for any individual mind to have ideas? Are these not put there by the creator? How is it then possible for there to be such powerful opposing ideas? Why is it so ludicrous to believe in absolute random chance as the answer, when some past beliefs believed in the world being shaped from the body parts of celestial beings, or from the milk from a celestial cow's udders, from within a giant cosmic egg, etc, etc.? Why does there even need to be an answer?

      Educated - 2011-05-09 10:40

      Actually Kombokitten, I think Bonzer is the one who has seen the light and you're still buying an outdated indoctrinated view of the world. Also when people discuss evolution or cosmology they tend to speak about random chance when in fact natural selection couldn't be any further from chance and all it requires is a shallow understanding of the concept in order to see that. I find it really sad that intelligent people are unable to overcome the indoctrination they've been subjected to and are therefore unable to see the world for what it really is.

      Matt - 2011-05-09 11:42

      @ KomboKitten - nah... a bunch of us (not Bonzer) had this debate on another article about the ANC misusing religion - they believe in chance and spontaneous change from rock to soup to animal to human. Oh well, their choice.

      Matt - 2011-05-09 11:50

      @ Sparxi - when God created everything, it was "very good". At the time, even Satan was a good angel (read Isaiah 14). God created humans with free will, because He wants us to WANT to believe in Him and serve Him. He could easily have created us to automatically serve Him, but then we'd be robots who do it out of duty. Small analogy; if you go to shop A and the assistant mutters "what can I do for you" beacuse he/she has to, and then you go to shop B and the assistant goes out of their way for you when they don't even really have to; which would you prefer? No date is given when free will led to humans sinning, but say for example it's after 100 years in Eden. Humans were created good but kept from knowledge of good and evil. Once Satan fell from grace, got Adam and Eve to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Eve was tricked, Adam knew what he was doing), they knew the difference - and good and evil has been with us since :-( And as atheists scoff around us, remember God gave us the free will to also reject Him...

      Matt - 2011-05-09 11:53

      @ Educated - so the evolution theory, which is unfounded and unproven, has wormed its way into the education system and kids are being taught it as if it were fact, when it is only just a theory - sounds like indoctrination to me!

      Phlegm - 2011-05-09 12:36

      @ Pastor Matt - "evolution theory wormed its way into education", just like the "world is not flat" theory and the "Earth actually revolves around the sun" theory, I for one am quite happy that my children get educated about reality and not fairy tales, as for you I hope you ensure your children are educated at a Christian school that teachers them scientific fact like "Adam and Eve Theory", "Noah and the flood Theory", "Water to wine theory"..........................

      Matt - 2011-05-09 13:10

      @ Phlegm - if you're happy that your children are being taught they have common heritage with an earthworm, good luck. My point is that Educated speaks of indoctrination when referring to religion, when exactly that is happening at schools. Creation vs Evolutionism is a hot debate, but both lack 100% proof. Well, evolution I believe lacks any proof. But both are theories. Problem is that at schools, kids are taught evolution as if it were a solid, proven fact, which it is NOT. So, teaching one theory and claiming it to be fact IS indoctrination. BTW the "flat earth" argument is irrelevant; that wasn't a case of science disproving theology; there, the correct answer was in Scripture but at the time the RCC was withholding that info from the people, who were banned from reading it. Adam and Eve - interesting, the only bone in your body that grows back after removal is the lower rib; where did Eve come from? Flood, well there's lots of evidence to support that account. Turning water into wine, something you just believe or don't believe.

      Matt - 2011-05-09 13:11

      @ Phlegm - oh and thanks for calling me a Pastor :-)

      Sparxi - 2011-05-09 14:15

      @Matt: I have no problem with anyone believing what they want to believe, as that is an aspect of our free will. My issue is with the statement that "everything is very planned" when patently it is not so. Tends to take the "omni" out of "omnipotence" as well.

  • Podgette - 2011-05-09 06:51

    Everytime one of the ANC electioneering buffoons opens their mouths, I think it is April Fools Day all over again. Do they REALLY think that people with a brain will believe the drivel that spews out of their mouths?

  • pitbull - 2011-05-09 06:57

    Promises, promises who can live on promises? Money talks Bulls**t walks.

  • Spoofed - 2011-05-09 07:02

    YYYAAAAAAWWWWWNNNNN... Desperate times calls for desperate measures, Isn't that right ANC?

  • Proudly SA - 2011-05-09 07:05

    Electorat who can justify voting for ANC reduces by the day: Minority groups have all be constantly attacked by likes of Manyi. Malema etc an clearly not wanted by ANC; Citizens following Christian belief must feel very uncomfortable with ANC due to constant blasphemy by many leaders from Zuma, Mantashe etc who put ANC above God; Employers & investors - constant stupid rhetoic by Malema and in Western Cape Ehrenreich must be chasing Billions away and definitely not creating employment and investor suited environment; Unemployed - ANC responsiblefor much of current job losses as per above and lack of interest to protect local industry ( E.Patel had huge role in textile industry collapse and failed to attend meetings with companies when large companies closing down); Youth - future being destroyed by likes of Malema polarising communities and killing economic growth; Tax payers - consistent proven corruption charges at all levels of governmnet (eg Police head quarters, numerous tender irregularities); government cannot be trusted with our hard earned income; Farmers and farm workers - industry been decimated and land threats and conduct of likes of Malema doing so much harm. ANC hs lost its moral backbone and thus historically justified votes will get less year by year

  • ohwhatever@24.com - 2011-05-09 07:07

    CHEAP and NASTY politicing....what new low levels can be achieved? Religion and politics should never be mixed, all it has ever caused is war and strife and the splitting of countries!

  • Brandon96end - 2011-05-09 07:08

    Geez these guys are reaching for anything now. The penny is dropping lads and you are gonna have to face the music real soon.

  • Dingaan - 2011-05-09 07:12

    ANC collective ought to go to confession first. Confess to theft and bearing false witness before their neighbors. Committing adultery by some of them would also be ok.

  • oldfashioned - 2011-05-09 07:23

    So Mantashe, the communist, is now asking those in the poorest province, where he is a member of the church? (Of course he doesn't actually live there without basic services). If the ANC do win divine intervention is their only hope.

  • Jason - 2011-05-09 07:40

    Why couldn't they do the job the last few times round...They not telling the people what they have done for them as a reason to vote ANC but rather what they will do for them if they vote for them again because they have done nothing for them. ANC thin ice

  • mark59 - 2011-05-09 07:47

    Gwede is this all that you have left..God. Practice what you preach dear pastor/politician..

  • Walter - 2011-05-09 07:51

    kak funny statement, whats even more funny is that the "worshippers" probably believed him....... hehehe

  • mal.emmer - 2011-05-09 07:52

    If the ANC wins then you had better start praying.

  • wmutahi - 2011-05-09 07:53

    It's amazing the lengths politicians will go to inorder to swing voters. What Mantashe is promising is not a privilege but a right for those people. Politicians should be banned from dangling basic services as carrots to voters. Any government regardless of the political party running it should provide these services for free, as long as they are collecting taxes from residents. The electorate needs to be better educated on their basic rights and the kind of basic services that any government should provide them regardless of whether they voted for the political party in power or not.

  • 50something - 2011-05-09 07:56

    Such hypocrisy!!!!!! They are Godless, but come elections, they turn all holy - want people to pray for them to win. Churches should not allow political activities during their services, it is not the place for electioneering. "If they want me to continue vote for them, they must give us the things like the tarred roads and the taps" She hasn't had that for so long time after voting for them again and again - Tembisa's neighbour - wake up, you'll vote for them again and come next election, you will still not have all these things, despite your prayers.

  • Fanie - 2011-05-09 08:03

    Low even for them - where is the normal ANC supporters on this site.. I would like to start laughing at your excuses please So let me get this straight: ANC in charge of province (after similar promises 17 years ago...and all the elections in between), ANC does not deliver service, ANC ask church goers to pray that ANC win so that ANC is in charge once more, and now WILL deliver service?... after 17 years...

  • fannyadams - 2011-05-09 08:16

    Only God knows the outcome of these elections and while we will all place our votes - the outcome has already been decided on by God. Should the ANC come in again (please God NO), then I guess there is a reason for everything - but what goes around, comes around and the day will come when these morons will have THEIR day. Hang in there all you non-ANC supporters and lets stick together

  • darkdude - 2011-05-09 08:19

    Pure EVIL

  • Wow! - 2011-05-09 08:21

    All I can say - is that if you vote for the ANC. You had better pray that something comes from it BECAUSE they will not deliver.

  • Perfume - 2011-05-09 08:22

    What next Association of National Criminals what next!!!!!!!!! Now they want the church goers to pray for them, for 17 years they have been making empty promises to the people, some have removed the blinkers and seeing them for what they are, now they want the church to pray, and in return they will get electricity, this takes the cake!!!!!

  • Freelance Writer - 2011-05-09 08:26

    Hmmm. After wasting billions on stupid projects like the arms deal, COEGA and NYDA by the ANC, the poor are supposed to expect the trappings of civilisation despite 17 years of broken ANC promises. It going to take a lot more than prayer.

  • AllHoliday - 2011-05-09 08:30

    Interesting. Very confusing however. Mantashe promise to deliver all these services free of charge, while at another meeting Malema said there is no money and warn the people not to moan when they have RDP houses. Do they not both represent the ANC??

  • ratex - 2011-05-09 08:45

    Why is the Church allowing these c8nts to belch forth their ANC crap via a religious mehcanism. Atheists don't belong in church, they belong in Hell. If they want answers, perhaps Lucipher can help them with the request. Water is not the ANC's right to distribute it is the Goverments duty to distribute this. The same thread is always prevelant with the ANC. THEY are NOT the govt, they are merely the ruling party. The GOVT is supposed to act for ALL people not just your lemming ANC voters. The sooner they realise this the better.

  • ctenes - 2011-05-09 08:51

    Yeah - we better all pray for lights, water and roads - coz the ANC ain't delivering them - EVER!

  • Totman - 2011-05-09 08:54

    What does interest me is that the locals standing in the mud and rain to collect there 5 liters of water. Knowing the people I can already hear that it is inhuman to let the people stand in mud and rain to wait for there ration. Build them a shelter were they can stand. Hello!!!! This is water!!! It shows you how screwed the priorities is. Build some-thing to collect the water and save the rations for another day. The water is already clean and a gift. It should have red: "people rush home to make sure there is no leakage in there collection system, for water, at home." Somehow we start losing our abilities as logical thinking humans.

      Paul - 2011-05-09 10:00

      Sorry - with the free solar power now being supplied you also want us to give them large green plastic tanks to collect rain water. :) Once upon a time they used to live out in the hills and did pretty well for themselves. So now it is by their choice...