‘Vot­ing ANC is like open­ing gates of heaven’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - SITHANDIWE VE­LAPHI

NOT vot­ing for the ANC is like choos­ing the devil over God, ANC pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma de­clared on the cam­paign trail in the East­ern Cape.

Ac­com­pa­nied by No­siviwe Mapisa- Nqakula and the party’s pro­vin­cial lead­ers, Zuma made the state­ment while ad­dress­ing a packed Gompo Hall in Dun­can Vil­lage, East Lon­don, yes­ter­day.

He also said not vot­ing for the ANC was like com­mit­ting a crime and went on to warn vot­ers if they didn’t vote ANC, lead­ers of other po­lit­i­cal par­ties would get into coun­cils and “will not do any­thing to help peo­ple”.

He urged Buf­falo City res­i­dents not to throw their votes “into (the) dust­bin”.

“The ANC lib­er­ated you. Please vote for it on Au­gust 3. Do not waste your vote to op­po­si­tion par­ties. Vot­ing ANC is like open­ing gates to heaven. If you do not vote ANC, it’s like choos­ing to be with devil,” he said to loud ap­plause.

He com­pared the op­po­si­tion DA to a “snake”.

“The DA is a prod­uct of the Na­tional Party, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that op­pressed us. Dur­ing the apartheid era, the Na­tional Party was like a snake and be­cause the DA is its prod­uct, the DA is also a snake.”

Zuma said the DA and other par­ties like EFF, Cope and the UDM were full of “lies”.

“Why vote for liars?” he asked.

Be­fore the ad­dress, Zuma con­ducted a door-to-door cam­paign in Zi­phun­zana, an area of Dun­can Vil­lage.

Among the peo­ple he vis­ited was wheel­chair-bound Nonkosazana Qalek­iso, 53, who has lived in a di­lap­i­dated shack for 21 years.

“I want a mo­torised wheel­chair and a de­cent shel­ter with good san­i­ta­tion. When it is time to an­swer the call of na­ture, I use the bucket be­cause I have got no good san­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties. My body is in pain after I was hit by a car just out­side my shack ear­lier this month,” a teary Qalek­iso told Zuma.

In re­turn, Zuma as­sured Qalek­iso that a mo­torised wheel­chair would be ar­ranged for her by Buf­falo City metro of­fi­cials be­fore next month’s elec­tion.

“The is­sue of you get­ting a de­cent shel­ter will be pro­cessed after elec­tions,” Zuma told Qalek­iso.

Zuma also ad­dressed ANC sup­port­ers in Mdantsane out­side East Lon­don and in Zwelit­sha out­side King Wil­liam’s Town.

To­day the pres­i­dent will ad­dress the party’s sup­port­ers at Dan Qeqe Sta­dium in Port El­iz­a­beth.

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