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ANC top brass campaign in church

By Anita Dangazele

ANC volunteers and the party’s top leadership took their campaign trail to various churches on Palm Sunday.

Congregations across the land were marking the holy Sunday before Easter, the day Jesus Christ arrived in Jerusalem to a heroic welcome on the back of a donkey.

President Cyril Ramaphosa accompanied by the party’s National Executive Committee members, Mamoloko Kubayi, Aaron Motsoaledi, Mdumiseni Ntuli and Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane, started their campaign trail with a palm service at the Holy Spirit Anglican Church in Kwazakhele, Gqeberha.

Meanwhile, ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula accompanied by provincial ANC secretary Lulama Ngcukayitobi and Buffalo City mayor Princess Faku visited the Faith Alive Bible Church in East London.

The party’s national chairperson, Gwede Mantashe and former Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle visited the Corhana Anglican Church outside Mthatha.

On being given the platform, President Ramaphosa switched into campaign mode, inviting congregants to reflect on 30 years of freedom and democracy.

With not much to report on his first term, which was dominated by the Covid-19 pandemic, lockdown regulations, load shedding and job losses, Ramaphosa tried to paint a good picture of the ANC government.

“It took the ANC 82 years before it finally succeeded in leading our people in the struggle of human rights. So I stand here today to invite you to commemorate the rights that were won in 1994,” said Ramaphosa.

Speaking outside the Holy Spirit Anglican Church in Kwazakhele after the palm service on Sunday, Ramaphosa said his visit to Nelson Mandela Bay had shown him that the party still enjoys enormous support in the province and is growing among young people.

“This is what I’ve really appreciated, interacting with young people, and this morning I interacted with religious leaders as well as their congregants. It’s been a great morning where we’ve been asking the church to pray for the government, to pray for the elections as well,” he said.

Pictured Above: President Cyril Ramaphosa addressing congregants in Gqeberha on Sunday.

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