- Jacob Zuma made the comments while giving a speech in Bekkersdal
- He also rejected claims that the ANC had not achieved enough since coming to power
- The former president went on to slam other political parties, claiming that they copy the ANC's policies
Jacob Zuma has said if you don't vote for the ANC, it means you are "not serious about life."
The former president made the remarks while addressing a crowd at Bekkersdal where he was on the campaign trail.
He told the party's supporters not to be complacent and urged them to vote ANC if they wanted real change.
Zuma also said the ANC is pursuing a policy of radical economic transformation and it needs a two thirds majority to amend the constitution and implement its policy proposals.
"There are sections even in the Constitution that are still holding us back and that must be changed in order to achieve transformation," he said.
He also shielded the ruling party from criticism that it had not achieved enough in the last 25 years, saying it was impossible to fix all of the country's problems in that kind of time frame:
You can't expect the ANC to fix a country that was damaged for centuries within 25 years, even if you are a magician.
Zuma also threw some shade at other political parties, claiming that they all wait for the ANC to release its manifesto before they put out their own. He suggested that these parties then copied the ANC's policies.
The former president ended his address off on a lighter note, saying that the party had been united ever since the Nasrec conference.
This was the 2017 conference where Zuma's slate lost its bid for the party leadership to Cyril Ramaphosa.
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