A video posted by former COSATU secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi has continued to stir up mixed reactions, backlashes and criticism on the social media.
The 53-minute video footage titled “For this office we will do everything – I mean everything!” captured South African politician and an anti-apartheid activist Matthews Phosa receiving prayers for his Presidential bid.
At the beginning of the video, one Xhosa-speaking pastor is heard saying: “With that said, it means we have an incoming president, we say that with the hope that it is going to happen.”
The group of Eastern Cape religious leaders, who apparently seemed to have placed their trust in former ANC treasurer general as the only capable ANC candidate that can take over from President Jacob Zuma, expressed delight with Phosa’s ambition to lead the ANC.
Moments later, the congregation broke into songs and the pastors could be seen surrounding Phosa.
Praying in isiXhosa, the pastor said: “We have a president who will take over and we have faith that it will happen. But before we pray for Mathews, that tells me that Zoleka, my niece, yearns to be here next to him, so that, after we have prayed, he has some words to say to this child.”
The clergymen reportedly told him that they were inspired by him ever since he spoke out about the ANC. They also hailed Phosa for speaking out against the wrongs going on in the ruling party’s camp. The pastors strengthened their trust in him by calling him the “future president with an untainted name”.
Reliable sources in the African National Congress (ANC) confirmed that Matthews Phosa, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and former African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma are all already in the race for the next ANC president.
Last month, Milo Malatji branch chairperson Boy Mamabolo confirmed that Matthews Phosa lobbied his branch to support him. The move was, however, seen as a slap in the face of Ramaphosa and his supporters, who earlier formed the CR17 lobby group with the sole aim of lobbying for Ramaphosa.
The move was, however, seen as a slap in the face of Ramaphosa and his supporters, who earlier formed the CR17 lobby group with the sole aim of lobbying for Ramaphosa.
A few weeks ago, Phosa also made headlines when he engaged in a war of words with president Zuma’s eldest son, Edward Zuma.
Edward had attacked him for calling on Zuma to step down. In response, Phosa labeled Edward “a little piece of vomit”‚ saying that he was “not worthy of any comment because he talks rubbish”.
Watch: Phosa receives prayers.