Secretary-General Ace Magashule took the opportunity yesterday to remind supporters in the Harry Gwala region of what the ANC has done for them. This comes as the party rallies support ahead of the upcoming general elections
Ace Magashule, ANC Secretary-General, addressed supporters in the Harry Gwala region yesterday, reminding them that the ANC had been good to them in the past and that they needed the support of the country ahead of the elections.
Ace Magashule called on ANC supporters to be on their best behaviour when President Cyril Ramaphosa launches the ANC election manifesto this weekend at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
“When the ANC president ascends to the stage on Saturday, you must keep quiet. You must be like members of ZCC and Shembe. Your conscience must tell you without others asking you to keep quiet, switch off your phone, take off your hat and listen. Be disciplined,”
Magashule said, addressing supporters in the Harry Gwala region yesterday.
The political party is celebrating their 107th birthday in KZN this week, with officials travelling across the province.
Yesterday saw the president, who was joined by former president Jacob Zuma, giving the January 8 Statement at Inanda.
Magashule, who had been a loyal Zuma supporter, had used the opportunity to rally the ANC members to unite behind Ramaphosa.
“We as the top six, NEC and PECs are united. We are [the] ANC and we have one ANC. This ANC was led by president Mandela after president OR Tambo. It was led by comrade Thabo Mbeki, after Thabo Mbeki it was led by comrade Zuma. After comrade Zuma it is led by comrade Ramaphosa. So the president of the ANC, there is no doubt, there is only one president, Cyril Ramaphosa. That is how the ANC works. The chairperson of the ANC is the chairperson of the ANC, there is one chairperson. The chairperson of the branch is one chairperson, that is how the ANC works,”
The Secretary-General warned supporters to remember what the ANC had achieved for black South Africans.
“We were treated like dogs. This year those same people will come to you and ask for your votes. They will say the ANC has done nothing for you. The ANC has made it possible for black South Africans to live wherever they want to. The ANC has made it possible for the children of blacks and whites to attend the same schools; they get the same quality of education. The ANC has made it possible for those without water, to have water.
“But people say that the ANC has done nothing. The ANC made it possible for black people to vote for the first time after more than 300 years. Black people voted in 1994 and a black person became president. White people and black people now have the same identity document. People forget too easily and say the ANC has achieved nothing. How? How can they forget? How can you forget that they took our land? Mawubuye umhlaba wethu (our land must come back). Mawubuye. Let the land come back,”
Ace also asked for patience and understanding from those who are still struggling with basics, like housing and access to clean drinking water.
“We are sorry that we have not gotten to everyone yet. To the person that goes to bed hungry, your day will come. We are coming to you as well.”
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