Zuma: Mandela vote no secret

2011-05-17 21:47

Johannesburg - Who former president Nelson Mandela voted for is no secret, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

"As you know, his vote is not a secret... he voted for his organisation [the ANC]," Zuma said after a visit with the Nobel Laureate.

Zuma, wearing a light grey suit, laughed and exchanged light hearted banter with the media contingent outside the Mandela home in Houghton, telling them to vote in Wednesday's poll.

He zipped into the driveway of the Houghton mansion in his official car, surrounded by a convoy of black, blue-light cars, and emerged to speak to journalists after lunching with Mandela over an hour later.

Zuma congratulated the former statesman for casting his ballot - he said this encouraged all South Africans to follow his lead.

Mandela cast his ballot at home on Monday.

"I came to pay my usual visit to Madiba today before I leave for my voting station in Nkandla... to congratulate him for voting in the special vote yesterday.

"People in the country should take lessons from him that voting is important.

"I think it really gave encouragement to all of us... Madiba understands the importance of the vote," Zuma said.

"The vote helps to influence the direction of things."

He said Mandela was recovering well and was in good spirits.

Mandela, 92, was discharged from hospital in February after being treated for a respiratory infection. He was later moved to his home in Houghton where he is under 24-hour supervision by a medical team.

Madiba's vision

Zuma briefed Mandela on the ANC's election campaign and received well wishes from him ahead of Wednesday's poll.

Mandela retired from politics in 1999 and from public life in 2004, but continues to play a key role in South African politics.

His name is used to invoke deep emotions and patriotism by everyone from ANC members to opposition leaders.

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille told would-be voters in Khayelitsha on Saturday that the DA was the only party capable of keeping Mandela’s legacy alive.

"We are working hard to build Madiba's vision," she said.

Last month, ANC Youth League president Julius Malema used Mandela's name in a speech urging his supporters to vote for the ANC.

"President Mandela is sick and you don't want to contribute to a worsening condition of Mandela by not voting ANC.

"President Mandela will never endure if the ANC is out of power," he said.

Mandela was South Africa's first democratically elected president after spending 27 years in apartheid prisons, and led the final the push for democracy.

  • spottius - 2011-05-17 21:54

    It was the DA!

      vicj - 2011-05-17 22:10

      No, the Pumpan party!!

      Sam - 2011-05-18 03:54

      Zuma and his cronies know that they have driven this country further down into the depth of depravity and now says anything to try and make people vote for his morally corrupt party. First he says people will go to hell for not voting for the ANC, thenhe says people wont go to heaven, then he says that peoples ancestors will be angry with them if they dont vote ANC and now he uses Madiba as a political toy!! Zuma is no statesman, he is a clown that is just there because he can dance like a little monkey and eat the peanuts that the ANC throws to him!!

  • Democrat - 2011-05-17 22:08

    We will never know who Madiba voted for. If indeed he voted for the ANC, then he must have done so out of loyalty, for, I suspect deep down, he must be disappointed in what the ANC represents today. Certainly not the party of Nelson Mandela.

      eh eh eh - 2011-05-17 22:36

      Mshowalozi knows. He knows everything, right down to how you'll be cursed for casting the wrong ballad. Now also spokesperson for Mandela.

  • michaelx - 2011-05-17 22:10


  • velastardust - 2011-05-17 22:12

    Zuma on yet another tactless tangent. No diplomacy ! If Madiba's vote is not secret, whose is ? Is that the underlying threat ?

      Benzo - 2011-05-17 23:08

      the ancestors....:-))

      Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-05-17 23:31

      It does have about it the aura of impropriety. One of the cornerstones of democracy is the confidentiality of your vote.

  • Jorene - 2011-05-17 22:14

    Madiba looked very unhappy when he cast his vote. His vote is secret so how can Zuma say he knows who Madiba voted for. HAHAHA don't be surprised if he voted for another party and not the ANC.

  • Joryha - 2011-05-17 22:29

    Zuma check the IEC website and learn something about the secrecy of a ballot, voting is done in secrecy and whatever you saying is based on assumption. Respect the secrecy of a ballot.

      Rev. H-Cubed - 2011-05-17 23:32


  • OuWitBooi - 2011-05-17 22:33

    Surely it is a breach of the constitution for ShowerHead to reveal who anyone has voted for? Last I knew, secret ballot was one of our fundamental rights. In any case JZ wasn't even there when Madiba voted. Did he ask the old man who he voted for? Another breach of etiquette, if not the law.

  • thetruth - 2011-05-17 22:35


  • Skrappie - 2011-05-17 22:37

    Ag Zuma, you are just an idiot. I'm embarassed to call you the President of this country. You are just a pawn and a puppet. Your "speaches" makes no sense. What have you really done for this country? Vet Stortkop.

  • tokoloshe - 2011-05-17 23:02

    Congratulations on your prediction there Zuma! Very well done

      Krolie - 2011-05-18 06:59

      Yeah, what he says always turns out to be the opposite! VIVA DA!!!!

  • Huey Freeman - 2011-05-17 23:44

    I wish people would leave Mandela alone. He is an old man who has done enough, leave the guy in peace with his family.

  • indgro - 2011-05-18 00:17

    Zuma paid a visit to Mandela to make sure he didn't vote DA :)

      Krolie - 2011-05-18 07:02

      Insecurity is the operative word!! There's a hole in my bucket, dear Lilah dear Lilah...

  • Palian - 2011-05-18 04:26

    zuma visit = voter intimidation

  • Africa53 - 2011-05-18 05:29

    Jorene - velastardust,indgro, Democrat OuWitBooi tokoloshe??? who do u thing u r Chicken Heads? Do u guys speak any African languages in 350 yrs or not and I am so sure you wont know anything els. Please explain to me how do u define an uneducated African Man or Woman? If a Caucasian person do not know how to write and read or speak any African language are they still not illiterate? Pieter Wellem Botha was Die Grootste Krokodil (Afrikaans for "The Big Crocodile"); Siener van Rensburg: Visions of the future was nothin els that Toordogters van die Boere in die Gebiete van Suid Afrika doen. Casper de Vries - Liewe Heksie wat altheid mense toor you wark. Go and pray to the Crokodile and the Fortune teler the Mr Siener! Pray to your Ancester than you might receive the blessing from their spirits like T. B. Joshua the greatest Prophet still alive! Professor: Nghoshi ya Mbulunganga Shikoko

      Krolie - 2011-05-18 07:04

      Hmmm. huh?

  • Zupta - 2011-05-18 06:11

    Zuma lies to all Madiba is-retired from politics. Zuma does not know who madiba voted for. Disclosing any info is tramping on Madiba right to confidentiality of his vote. Who the hell zuma thinks he is. If madiba voted with his head he most probably voted the DA.

  • Zupta - 2011-05-18 06:20

    @ Africa 53 R u ok buddy, do you need the medics. This politics is getting to u. Let's hold it together just one day to go.

  • Zadoc - 2011-05-18 06:58

    So, who is going to win South Africa? ANC or DA? Poll:

      just say - 2011-05-18 07:31

      Just a thought. My Ouma is now 91 years old and our family can clearly see how she has deteriated by age. Now Madiba is of a similar age. I wonder if he knows what is happenning to his beloved ANC. Judging by what he stood for in his political career, he would not have tolerated the current states quo. He would not be involved with a party that goes against the principals that he tried to instill during his presidency My guess is that he is being shielded by the reality (ANC propoganda machine) that is party has now become an everything is for sale (integrity, honesty, justice,) chop shop

  • Percy Higgins - 2011-05-18 07:50

    It was the DA!

  • DoublySalmon - 2011-05-18 08:58

    Mandela the former freedom fighter which used terrorist methods to reach his goal voted. Is that politically correct enough for the masses and news24? This is fact, the ANC once was a terrorist organization and now it is the African equivalent of the Russian and Italian mafia. Under the ANC all modern measures of governance has deteriorated, Human Development Index, gini-coefficient (inequality of income), corruption, crime, life-expectancy, GDP and JSE worth. The number of displaced people, is in excess of 1 million expats which most when asked fiercely insist they're refugees fleeing for their lives. Why is any factual, historical critic against Mandela and the ANC deleted? If the dead horse of Apartheid is daily put in the faces of the "former oppressors" why are we not allowed to point out the history of the ANC? Surely I'm entitled to have my viewpoint up calling Mandela a murderous terrorist if I can justify it with proven facts? His former political opponents are called much worse without facts to confirm it. I look forward to answers sent to

  • Brian Mphahlele - 2011-05-19 20:00

    President Nelson Rolihlahla Madiba Mandela has never defied ANC, those are fabrigations, concogted allegation from desperate political parties members who want to add stress to the Old Man.. He fought tirelessly for what we have today,for you to tell lies cause of the freedom of expression that is enshrined in the act 106 of 1996. It's obvious that Mandela'S Vote is not a secret,he will always be a President of the ANC..

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