ANC ancestors would turn their backs against those leaving the party, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.
“The ancestors are turning their backs against you if you leave the ANC and you will have bad luck,” he said at an election rally in Letlhabile near Brits.
ANC councillors not happy with the party’s candidate selection process were contesting the local government elections as independent candidates or under the umbrella of the Forum 4 Service Delivery.
Zuma was in the Bojanala region of the North West to wrapped up the ANC’s election campaign leading to the August 3, local government elections.
He said ANC offshoot parties had developed into “small particles”.
“I am not even going to talk about other parties, because they have become small particles.”
Without mentioning the Economic Freedom Fighters by name, he referred to it as an angry organisation formed by an angry young man to fight.
He said opposition parties had nothing to offer to the electorate.
“They [opposition parties] know they will not win – why should you waste your vote on them?” he asked.
“The ANC has a task to rebuild and reconstruct the country to create a society as envisaged in the Freedom Charter. We need to be voted into power to move the country forward. Your vote is important to take this journey forward. You must vote in big numbers.”
Hundreds of ANC members and supporters attended the mini rally in Letlhabile, where they sang the ANC election war song Asinavalo while waiting for Zuma to arrive at the stadium.
Traditional leaders prayed for a peaceful election while burning incense to appease the spirits of the ancestors for a peaceful election.
Zuma received a rapturous welcome in Maboloka, where he met with the local traditional leaders before he conducted a door-to-door campaign to interact with voters.
The ANC will hold its Siyanqoba rally in Johannesburg on Sunday, to wrapped up all its election campaigns for the upcoming elections.
– African News Agency (ANA).