Former President Nelson Mandela has not had a moment’s rest since he died.
The iconic struggle hero’s name seems to have become a mascot for political campaigns in Mzansi land.
Earlier this week, the DA came under fire for ‘hijacking Madiba’s voice’ on one of its election advertisement. At the sound of Mandela’s voice, a voter is seen voting for the DA while thinking of the promises made by Mandela.
In like manner, Zuma has pleaded with South Africans to throw their weight behind the ANC, for the sake of Mandela.
Speaking in the party’s regular newsletter, ANC Today, Zuma reaffirmed the party’s commitment towards Mandela’s “revolutionary ideals.”
The president said “Madiba dedicated his entire adult life to the revolutionary struggle of the South African people led by the ANC, believing then as we do now that the ANC is the most effective instrument at our disposal to bring about social change, political freedom as well as total emancipation from economic bondage”.
Zuma went ahead and promised to take advantage of the elections period to mobilize South Africans from all walks of life behind the vision of Former President Nelson Mandela.
ANC To Honour Former President Nelson Mandela With Victory
ANC faithfuls were also charged not to betray Mandela’s ideals with infighting, the destruction of property and the killing of comrades.
The ANC would participate in the August 3 local government election “with the sole intention to win all municipalities in order to further our progressive agenda to transform South Africa and improve our people’s lives in line with the vision of our father, Tata Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,” Zuma added.
The embattled president also requested members to thicken the party’s campaign during Mandela’s birth month by convincing South Africans to renew the contract “they have signed with their movement to create a better life for all”.
“Indeed, this is a contract signed by the blood, sweat and tears of too many of our people who made untold sacrifices in the hope of a better tomorrow,” he said.
Zuma assured all and sundry that victory for the ANC on the 3rd of August will be a victory for the ideals of Nelson Mandela.
He therefore urged the people not to deliver municipalities to “the hands of inexperienced parties and career politicians who will still have to spend time learning how government works rather than focusing solely on the task at hand”.
President Zuma boasted that the ANC would retain the municipalities where it is governing and also slide off other political parties retaining power in other municipalities.