Mbombela - The African National Congress Women's League has applauded Mpumalanga residents for not selling the country to the “enemy” during the elections earlier this month.
“Our own children that we have carried during apartheid on our backs have turned against us. They are selling the land to the enemy of our late father, Nelson Mandela,” ANCWL deputy president Sisi Ntombela said at a public meeting in Matsulu, outside Mbombela, on Friday.
Elders and pastors at the event were each given a toiletry bag and Kentucky Fried Chicken.
She was referring to the younger generation who voted for parties like the Democratic Alliance and the Economic Freedom Fighters in the August 3 local government elections.
The league came to thank Mpumalanga residents for voting for the party during the August 3 local government elections. The party won 70% of the votes in the province, down from 78% in the 2011 local government elections. The DA got 12% in 2016 and 13% in 2011.
Ntombela compared the youth’s betrayal of the party to Judas’s betrayal of Jesus.
“This is the same thing that Judas Iscariot did to Jesus in the Bible, but he didn’t even enjoy the money that he got from selling Jesus to the enemy.
“Our grandparents want to die because they don’t want to see what is going to happen in the future. We are sold by our own people. I am sure Mandela will die seven times,” said Ntombela.
She told the crowd that black people were told that black leaders were corrupt.
"When you see Nkandla you say the president is corrupt, and even the people who have RDP houses and receive social grants say the ANC is corrupt."
Some pastors vowed to continue praying for the party.
“The God Almighty will see us through these tempting times in our country. Continue to work for the people and we will continue to pray for you,” said pastor Julius Mahlobo.