Zuma gets the facts wrong on poll trail

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - BALD­WIN NDABA

WANT God and the an­ces­tors to turn against you? Want to call bad luck to your­self ?

Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma has told po­ten­tial vot­ers the sure way to fall out of di­vine favour is to vote for an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date, or for any party other than his.

The ANC pres­i­dent was on the cam­paign trail in Soweto yes­ter­day, pulling out all the stops to punt the rul­ing party.

He re­lied on speak­ing about the sac­ri­fice of old Strug­gle he­roes in­clud­ing the likes of Nel­son Man­dela, Wal­ter Sisulu and the last three sur­viv­ing Rivo­nia tri­al­ists Ahmed Kathrada, An­drew Mlan­geni and De­nis Gold­berg.

He also hauled out “The ANC will rule un­til Je­sus re­turns” slo­ga­neer­ing and re­minded ju­bi­lant crowds of the ANC mem­bers sen­tenced to death un­der apartheid rule.

“It was the ANC mem­bers who went to ex­ile, trained as sol­diers to fight the apartheid regime. It is for this rea­son that when Je­sus comes back – he will still find the ANC in power,” Zuma said.

He made the com­ments while urg­ing his sup­port­ers to vote for the ANC and no other party, in­clud­ing in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates con­test­ing the elec­tions on Wed­nes­day.

Zuma’s claims of ANC mem­bers be­ing the first to die un­der apartheid im­pris­on­ment is con­tra­dicted by his­tor­i­cal archives, in­clud­ing those in pos­ses­sion of the Justice and Cor­rec­tional Ser­vices depart­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to his­tor­i­cal records, it was PAC founder mem­ber Jeff Masemola who was the first per­son un­der apartheid to be sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment on Robben Is­land in 1963.

Masemola, along with the now re­tired deputy chief justice Dik­gang Moseneke and 13 oth­ers, were charged with con­spir­acy to com­mit sab­o­tage.

Ac­cord­ing to the archives, PAC mem­bers were also the first to be sen­tenced to death in 1960 for their roles in the Poqo Up­ris­ings.

Man­dela and his co-ac­cused were sen­tenced to life in 1964.

Zuma also took di­rect aim at his arch en­emy, DA leader Musi Maimane.

“Do not vote for stooges,” he said, re­fer­ring to Maimane whose party was coin­ci­den­tally also in Soweto yes­ter­day ahead of their “We Can Win Rally” at the Dob­sonville Sta­dium to­day.

“He is po­lit­i­cally naïve. He does not know Madiba’s views on the DA.

“Why is he us­ing Madiba as his party’s icon? Why can’t he call the names of party vet­er­ans like Vorster, Ver­wo­erd, PW Botha and oth­ers?”

Maimane and his fel­low black mem­bers were “con­fused and do not know whether they are black or white”, Zuma charged.

He also took swipes at UDM leader Bantu Holomisa, EFF leader Julius Malema and Cope’s Mo­siuoa Lekota for de­fect­ing from the ANC. TIDES High to­day . .12.10am, 12.54pm Tomorrow . . . . .1.12am, 1.48pm Low to­day . . . . .6.41am, 7.08pm Tomorrow . . . . .7.36am, 8.01pm Spring tides . . . . . . . . . . . .Aug 2

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Provin­cial elec­toral of­fi­cer Courtney Samp­son ad­dresses the me­dia at the launch of the of­fi­cial re­sults cen­tre at Cen­tury City last night.

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