Zuma takes swipe at ‘abnormal’ Julius Malema

2014-03-07 18:47

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Anybody who starts a political party on the eve of a general election is “abnormal” – just like people who think any party other than the ANC will win the May polls, President Jacob Zuma told supporters in Ga-Rankuwa, north of Pretoria.

Zuma’s tirade against the opposition can be viewed as a tacit attack on Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema who established his party after being expelled from the ANC.

Zuma told over 2 000 supporters and ANC volunteers who had gathered at the Ga-Rankuwa Stadium today that they should not place their trust in leaders who change their political allegiance regularly.

He repeated what he had said before at similar ANC rallies that the ANC would rule until Jesus returns because no political party could deliver on the people’s wishes.

“Don’t listen to people who, yesterday, told us their blood was ANC DNA. How can we trust people who change their allegiance daily? We will rule until someone who came before returns,” Zuma said, taking another jibe at Malema.

He said those who established political parties just before elections had no chance of unseating the ruling party.

“Anybody who starts a political party now is abnormal. Maybe we didn’t realise this when they were in the ANC. No one who is normal can think there’s another party that can win the elections other than the ANC. That person is abnormal,” said Zuma.

He urged ANC volunteers not to sleep on May 6, the day before the elections, but to ensure that every citizen had transport to voting stations.

Zuma welcomed “new supporters” who were purportedly EFF and DA members but had now defected to the ANC after they were paraded wearing the opposition parties’ T-shirts.

The group walked on stage and were made to take off EFF and DA T-shirts and put on the ANC’s yellow T-shirts with Zuma’s picture on them.

“I’ve tried listening to other parties but I can’t remember what they have promised. They are loud and make noise and all they do is talk about the ANC. Some of them are day-dreaming and some even think they will take Gauteng form the ANC,” said Zuma with reference to the DA in Gauteng.

Zuma spent the entire day on a door-to-door campaign in Soshanguve, Mabopane and Ga-Rankuwa, listening to complaints about a lack of services in the area.

He was accompanied by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile and provincial economic development MEC Qedani Mahlangu as he visited more than ten homes, which were damaged by heavy storms last December.

Zuma promised to fix their problems within seven days and said Tshwane mayor Sputla Ramokgopa had been instructed to convene a community meeting this weekend to discuss the residents’ concerns.

Ramokgopa acted as a translator between Tswana-speaking residents and Zuma throughout the day.

Zuma mostly shook hands, handed out ANC T-shirts and the party’s summarised election manifesto to ANC supporters who followed him throughout the day.

Earlier in the morning, a group of residents gathered at block G in Soshanguve, where Zuma was briefed about the campaign before it began, demanding that Zuma axe their local ANC councillor, Dolly Ledwaba.

Metro police who had tried to persuade the group to move away from the closed briefing venue were unsuccessful as the angry residents protested against Ledwaba’s alleged lack of leadership and “disrespecting residents” when they complained about services.

Most of the residents Zuma visited complained about a lack of access to water and toilets, while others demanded RDP houses and jobs.

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