Excited by the election process and the possibility of her party winning, the Western Cape Premier Helen Zille took a fast one at the ruling ANC, saying the party mentions the name Jesus as if he is a member of the party.
The premier Zille, who was at the polling boot to cast her vote related her optimism over the outcome of the election though she remained cautious in predicting the election results‚ but praised the DA’s campaign as the most intense yet.
Zille took this short swipe on the party and its leader Jacob Zuma saying Jesus was never a member of the African National Congress (ANC)‚ in the same way that Nelson Mandela was never a DA member.
“It’s very interesting that Jacob Zuma has invoked the name of Jesus Christ very often, as if he were a member of the ANC‚ and of course that’s absolutely outrageous and that’s where the scandal should be.” she said as she defends her party’s contentious use of Mandela’s name during election campaign.
“Indeed‚ Madiba belongs to every South African‚ just as George Washington belongs to every American, and no one would argue that case there.” she said shortly after casting her vote at the St Paul’s Anglican Church polling station in Rondebosch‚ in Cape Town’s southern suburbs.
Cape’s Helen Zille, however, remained cautious in predicting the election results‚ but praised the DA’s campaign as the most intense yet
“I’m always very cautious before elections‚ it would be presumptuous of me to predict how voters would inevitably vote because the essence of voting is a free choice‚” said Zille.
“So I hope people have seen us take the Western Cape and every town and village in the Western Cape‚ step by step‚ forward where we govern‚ every day and every month.
“There’s a long way still to go. Not everyone has been touched by the DA government yet‚ but the longer we are in office‚ the better it gets.”
Similar to that of Helen Zille, the DA Cape Town mayoral candidate Patricia de Lille said she felt the same as she did when she voted for the first time in 1994.
De Lille who arrived at the Pinelands Town Hall to cast her vote on Wednesday morning, related her excitement over the country’s democratic status. According to her, the SA democracy is already stable.
“I am so pleased to see that our democracy is beginning to stabilize and people are becoming more and more aware of the value of their vote. I have traveled the length and breadth of our country and I am so proud to be a South African.”
The DA is reported to be leading the ANC in Mandela bay with four points according to a survey conducted by market research company IPSOS ahead of the elections on 3 August this year and the party has promised to make the city a living testimony to its namesake’s values of Freedom, Fairness and Opportunity for all if t finally win the election in that city.