Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma declared the ANC's
election campaign a success on Monday, saying voters had showed great vigour
for the ruling party.
"We were in every town, city, and village... It was
a very wonderful campaign," he told editors at a briefing in Johannesburg.
"We are very happy with the campaign. People have
come in big numbers."
South Africans go to the polls on Wednesday for South
Africa's fifth national and provincial post-apartheid elections.
Zuma said South Africans had showed great enthusiasm and
listened to what the ANC had to say.
In some rural areas people had asked when services would
"People say they know it is coming, they just asked
when. People know it cannot be done overnight. People said they would die with
Zuma said the general experience of all ANC cadres and
volunteers during its election campaign was that people knew the country was
better today than before 1994.
"People say things have changed for the better... They
can now put food on the table..."
Zuma sought to put into context how apartheid policies
had a ripple effect on the lives of people today.
"Some people want to quickly forget about the past
but today's problems are embedded in the past," he said.
"It started then, it wasn't created now."
Before 1994, energy was in abundance and it was cheaper,
"Energy was designed to serve a minority of people.
Others were not considered."
He said a false impression was given that there was
After 1994, he said the ANC expanded structures of the
economy to all racial groups so that it could grow.
"We needed more electricity... Every citizen of the
country needed to get electricity. We had to roll out electricity to remote
Zuma said nobody talked about corruption in South Africa
before 1994 although it was rife.
He said it was the ANC that began the fight against
"We have been fighting, arresting people... Some
people have lost their jobs. Only the ANC is doing something about corruption.
Nobody else is doing anything."
On the election trail, people relayed to the party that
they could see the changes since 1994, said Zuma.
He said the party's rallies showed it had overwhelming
"We think 7 May will go well. We think the ANC will
win it overwhelmingly. We are confident and happy."Download the app by visiting one of these app stores.
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