Johannesburg – ANC members have forgotten those who fought for their liberation, newly-elected Ekurhuleni mayor, the ANC's Mzwandile Masina, said on Tuesday.
“They reduced our glorious movement, the African National Congress, to a shadow of its former self,” he said in his inaugural speech in Germiston after being sworn in. He beat the DA’s Ghaleb Cachalia by 10 votes.
He was referring to voters in the metros of Tshwane, Johannesburg, and Nelson Mandela Bay, which the ANC lost control over after the August 3 local government elections.
'Lord of London'
He poked fun at the EFF and its leader Julius Malema, who he referred to as the “lord of London”.
Last year, EFF leader Julius Malema visited London in an effort to gain investor support for his local government election campaign.
"The Lord of London has not landed in Ekurhuleni. It might have happened elsewhere, but clearly you, the people of Ekurhuleni, resisted this lord from London. Never did we think that our revolution would be sold to imperialists over a dinner plate in the comfort of their home in London.
“Here in Ekurhuleni we pray to a living God. Ours is the Lord Jesus. He is not from London,” he told supporters.
President Jacob Zuma said in 2008 that the ANC would rule until “Jesus comes back”.
When the DA became a clear contender in Tshwane, Johannesburg, and Nelson Mandela Bay, party leader Mmusi Maimane told journalists that Jesus had arrived in the three metros.
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Masina criticised the EFF for siding with the DA and other opposition parties in hung municipalities after the August 3 local government elections.
Masina said the EFF had “collaborated with the enemy” and shamed ANC struggle hero Solomon Mahlangu. The apartheid government hanged him for murder in 1979.
Voters in Nelson Mandela Bay forgot who abducted and killed the three anti-apartheid activists, the so-called Pebco three, in May 1985, he said.
“None of us would have imagined that as we commemorate the 40th year of the Soweto uprising, the people of Johannesburg, in particular Soweto, would have reduced our glorious movement, the ANC, to a shadow of its former self. Some have seen it fit to replace the ANC government,” he said.