Take over the Western Cape or risk the wrath of ancestors : Zuma

By Drum Digital
08 January 2015

President Jacob Zuma today intensified his party’s push to recover lost ground in the Western Cape by urging party members to set aside their differences and unite.

Speaking at a mini-rally to wrap up a day spent mobilising support for the ANC’s 103rd birthday rally to be held at the Cape Town stadium, on Saturday, Zuma said the ANC should take over the Western Cape from the DA. The party ran the province briefly and lost it to a DA-led coalition in 2009, and the DA went on to win a landslide victory in the 2014 general elections.

Zuma told party supporters in Khayelitsha that the takeover should start with the municipality—presumably the Cape Town metro—in the 2016 municipal elections.

“As the ANC we have debt because eight provinces are free and governed by us and we are implementing plans to change the lives of the people for the better. Our debt is in the Western Cape. Our people here are made to feel that they are not free.

“This is because other people are in charge here…and aren’t in sync with our freedom. We need to take over this province,” he said in isiZulu.

He urged party member to work hard to achieve this.

“This province is left behind. You see that when you move around the township. The eyes of those who are in charge are focused on Rondebosch (a suburb in Cape Town) only, not the township. They say we are governing the Western Cape well, but they mean Rondebosch not black people.

“This is the work we have to do from now. That’s all that is left. Otherwise the ancestor is will be angry with us and we will face the wrath of the ancestors. They will say why do we stand by while our people are being mistreated,” he said, adding that ancestral wrath manifested in domestic squabbles.


Zuma’s comments seem to have been a response to the DA’s tongue-in-cheek statement, in which the province’s governing party said it welcomed its rival to the country’s “best-governed province”. DA national spokesperson Phumzile van Damme accused the ANC of sowing racial divisions, where the DA sought to unite people.

“Voters have endorsed this good governance by strengthening the DA’s electoral mandate in each election since we took office.

“ We accept that these numbers sit uncomfortably with the ANC, including the fact that they are in a province where due diligence needs to be followed in securing a venue for their event.

“We nevertheless welcome the ANC to a province where there are no favours and everyone has to do everything by the book, even the President,” she said in a statement on Wednesday.

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