We forgive Zuma - ANC supporters

2016-04-16 11:25
ANC manifesto launch. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

ANC manifesto launch. (Genevieve Quintal, News24)

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Johannesburg – We forgive President Jacob Zuma, ANC supporters said during the launch of the party manifesto at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

"The ANC took us out of hardship. We are here because of the ANC. If there was no ANC we wouldn’t be here... We were liberated by tata [Nelson Mandela]. We can’t desert the ANC now," ANC supporter Elsi Thotyana told News24. 

Thotyana said, although she was still living in poverty, she would never desert a party that has liberated her. 

Thotyana said she would rather die than see any other party come to power.

"What would tata [Mandela] say if we turn our backs on the ANC? We can’t. They are fighting for us. I would rather die than see anyone else lead the country," she said. 

ANC supporters were dressed in full party regalia, chanting "we are ready for the 2016 local elections". Supporters carried placard which read "We forgive Zuma", "We love Zuma".

ANC T-shirts were selling like hot cakes from different stalls erected around the stadium. 

Store owner Khonzeka Langa said she had to order new stock on Friday because her T-shirts had sold out. 

"This is proof that the ANC is doing something for the people. I sell T-shirts for R300 and people are buying them. I am making so much money and it's all thanks to the ANC. I love Zuma forever,” she said.  

Nqametsi Mokokolosti said he was proud of the ANC. He said the ANC was doing good things.

"I love the ANC. As the ANC Youth League, I feel that I am learning a lot about leadership because of the ANC," Mokokolosti said.

Mokokolotsi said he believed Zuma’s apology was sincere.

"I am proud of ANC... There is some things that he [Zuma] has done, but it happens everywhere. Everyone makes mistakes. Let us forgive him. He is my leader," he said.

A disabled ANC supporter said more needed to be done to help the disabled. He said he was happy with the work the ANC has been doing for the disabled, but he expected more from the ANC. 

Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma  |  port elizabeth  |  local elections 2016  |  politcs

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