No mention of Zuma or Nkandla at ANC rally

2014-01-10 13:47

Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor made no direct mention of President Jacob Zuma or the Nkandla scandal as she urged ANC activists in Mpumalanga to talk about the ANC’s achievements of the past two decades.

None of the about 200 ANC supporters who attended the meeting today at the Elijah Mango College of Education in Kabokweni, about 30km outside Nelspruit, asked about the issue either.

Rather, they expressed concerns about a lack of further education colleges, substance abuse and foreigners obtaining South African identity documents.

Pandor, who mentioned Zuma’s name once in slogans at the start of her speech among former ANC presidents, told a full classroom of people in yellow ANC T-shirts with Zuma’s face on them: “Don’t let anyone make you not proud of your organisation, make you not believe in your ability, or cause you not to believe in yourself,” she said.

Speaking mostly in Zulu, she said activists should not allow anyone to convince them that the ANC hadn’t done anything or that the party had no record of service delivery.

She also said the activists should tell voters in their door to door campaign people should vote for an organisation that has a track record and that they could trust.

She also said people should be proud of the increased matric pass rate, because in 1994 black children passing matric were in the minority.

Pandor said the ANC had worked hard, but conceded the job wasn’t done yet.

“The lie that the ANC hasn’t done anything cannot be sustained. Honest commentators say yes, the ANC has done things, but..,” she said.

She said since 2009, life expectancy has gone up from 54 years before to 60 years because of improved HIV and Aids programmes.

She said the ANC wanted a decisive victory and that depended on its activists doing door to door campaigning and reading the manifesto to ensure they could communicate the ANC’s message properly.

Pandor stood in for ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, who could not make it to the meeting.

The meeting was part of the ANC’s mobilisation campaign before its manifesto launch at Mbombela Stadium tomorrow.

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