Why the ANC is the only choice – Jacob Zuma

2014-04-10 16:37

President Jacob Zuma said all South Africans were compelled to vote for the ANC as the party had a good track record and trusted leaders to take South Africa to prosperity.

Zuma was speaking in Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape where he was welcomed by thousands of ANC supporters who had painted the small town yellow.

“The other parties are just political parties. The ANC is more than that. It is also a liberation movement with trusted leaders who liberated us. The ANC has a good track record in the past 20 years in government,” Zuma said.

The ANC president tore into opposition parties and said they were misleading the public by making empty promises even though they would not win elections.

“The smaller parties, whom our president, Nelson Mandela, called Mickey Mouse parties are just talking too much, they know nothing. They know very well that they will never win the elections but they go around making empty promises to get your votes. Don’t listen to them,” Zuma said.

In an apparent jibe at Julius Malema and his Economic Freedom Fighters, he said others parties were formed out of anger, unlike the ANC, which was made to liberate the black majority.

He said the other parties were only interested in getting into Parliament to serve the interests of minorities and business.

“The ANC is serving the interests of the people, the majority. We are not serving minority and business interests like these other smaller parties. Once these smaller parties get into Parliament, they oppose every good thing the ANC tries to do for the benefit of the people of the country,” he said.

Reminding supporters that the freedom they enjoyed today was owed to the ANC, Zuma said leaders and activists of the ANC had languished in jail for years, some were hanged while others had died in battle with the old regime, so that South Africans could be free.

“It’s only in the ANC that things are happening, the ANC has a clear programme and vision, that’s why we need every vote to get the ANC on that ballot. We need a big majority in Parliament so that we can change things and make things happen for our people,” he said to wild applause.

Zuma, accompanied by party NEC member Zizi Kodwa on a two-day-campaign in the Eastern Cape, the second-biggest province after KwaZulu-Natal in member numbers, urged voters to vote for the ANC on May 7, and convince more people to do the same.

“Even if you stay in your political party, vote ANC and keep quiet,” he said, adding that those who had left the ANC were welcome to return to the party as it was the only place their skills could be fully used.

Zuma, who did not mention the Nkandla saga, said those who were critical of the ANC had benefited from the gains of freedom as there was now more hope than before.

He said: “We have a very good story to tell because South Africa is a much better place than before 1994.”

He said the party acknowledged that there were problems in municipalities and in government but that it was only the ANC that had the vision and plans to deal with such problems.

The president also paid homage to former liberation struggle hero Chris Hani who died on this day in 1993, saying that the late icon had paid the ultimate sacrifice for this country’s freedom.

Read: Blade Nzimande hijacks Chris Hani event

“It was Chris Hani’s supreme sacrifice that forced the apartheid regime to set a date for the elections,” Zuma said.

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