The ANC yesterday took to the churches to help their campaign as the race for the 7 May elections hots up. Gwede Mantashe and Cyril Ramaphosa were in various churches in the Free State province in an apparent attempt to garner divine votes for the ruling party.
Addressing congregants in the AME church in Tumahole township, the Secretary General of the ANC pleaded with the members of the church to pray for his party. He said that the members of the church should not only pray for the government of South Africa, but must pray specifically for the ANC. He went on to say that it was a rule for everyone in the ANC to attend church services especially during the course of their political duties.
Mr Mantashe went further to reiterate that it was the will of God that the ANC was in government at this moment in time. In apparent reference to the Economic Freedom Fighters and their notorious policy of acquiring land and redistributing it without compensation, Gwede Mantashe warned those in attendance that the economy of South Africa would ‘disappear’ like that of Zimbabwe if that was the example this country wanted to follow. He further reiterated the need for his listeners to vote ANC despite the fact that one’s vote was their secret. The Secretary General’s itinerary also included door to door campaigns as well as addressing the youth in Parys in the Free State.
While this was all going on, the ANC deputy president, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa was attending a catholic service at Mamohau Catholic Church in Botshabelo, also in the Free State. When he was given the opportunity to address the church members at the end of the service, he reminded them of the history of the party in the Free State. In particular, he mentioned the improvement in the matric results under the ANC premier, Ace Magashule. He then proceeded to Boshabelo where he issued t-shirts to residents of all ages. Also dressed in the distinct yellow of the ANC, he visited thirty eight year old Julia Nokufa at her three roomed house who she also gave a party t-shirt. Despite the future deputy president’s visit, Julia was not sure if she was not sure that she would vote.