African National Congress (ANC) leaders were out in full swing this weekend. From De Deur in the Vaal to rural parts of the Eastern Cape. Churches were a favourite port of call.

Treasurer-General Paul Mashatile spent Easter weekend in rural parts of the Easter Cape, listening to residents’ grievances.  He also attended a church service at KwaBhaca.

Mashatile was confronted by complaints about the lack of basic services like water, electricity and roads, as well as high levels of unemployment.

He said the challenges were not a reflection of a failing ANC government.  “It may seem like failure but it’s not, if you look at some of the villages here there were villages without electricity here but now there are over 70% with electricity. There was no water but now there are over 70 % with water, it is just that we have not reached all the villages. That’s the challenge now. In the next five years we should reach those remaining areas and the people are happy when you tell them you haven’t forgotten them. This committee led by deputy president called rapid response team is responding well, is meant to identify problems. We send ministers they come engage with communities, provincial and local government.”

Mashatile also pleaded with congregants and the country at large to give President Cyril Ramaphosa a chance for his first term in office.

‘ANC not going to use dirty tricks to win the election’

African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) president Bathabile Dlamini says the ANC is not going to use dirty tricks in order to win the election. She was campaigning with Tina Joemat-Peterson on the Cape Flats.

Dlamini was responding to the DA’s request to see President Cyril Ramaphosa’s declaration of interest record and taking a list of names of compromised ANC leaders to Luthuli House.

She says the DA’s tactics are a sign of desperation and panic.  “The ANC never taught us to fight dirty and that is why we are focusing on our campaign, not talking about all the things they are doing.”

Other ANC leaders, including parliament’s presiding officers, Baleka Mbete and Thandi Modise also attended church services across the Cape Flats. This in a bid to improve the party’s performance in the only province that is being run by the opposition.

African National Congress (ANC) Head of Campaigns Fikile Mbalula has encouraged young people to embrace God and become the future that South Africa wants.

Addressing the congregation of Tirano Church at De Deur in Midvaal earlier on Sunday afternoon, Mbalula thanked the Church for allowing young people to participate and to express their frustrations.

He has urged young people to be good and do good for the sake of their country.

The Church leadership invited him and other politicians including Democratic Alliance (DA) Gauteng Premier Candidate Solly Msimanga and the Midvaal Mayor Bongani Baloyi.

Mbalula thanked the Church for allowing young people to participate and to express their frustrations. He has urged young people to be good and do good for the sake of their country.

Church defies brutal apartheid regime 

ANC KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Sihle Zikalala says the church played a significant role in the country’s liberation struggle.

Zikalala says the church has to instill values in communities. He says the church was at the forefront in defying the brutal apartheid regime as it offered not only food and shelter but support and wisdom to struggle stalwarts and their relatives.

“The church and various church leaders played a very crucial role in our struggle against apartheid. They provided spiritual support to the leaders who were arrested so on their own they led the struggle. That’s why we are saying the church is part of us and all those who played a critical role for SA to be liberated. The ANC itself was established in the church that’s why we are saying lets not forget those who fought for us to be liberated, lets go out on the 8th of May and vote for the ANC.”

ANC Pavilion at Rand Show in Nasrec

ANC Chairperson in Gauteng, David Makhura has applauded the youth for their engagement with the party before casting their votes ahead of the national elections.

Makhura was speaking to members of the public at the ANC Pavilion at the Rand Show in Nasrec, south of Johannesburg.

The party is one of many that have garnered support at the pop-up event. Over six-hundred people have visited the stand so far since its opening on Friday.

Makhura says he is confident about the ANC’s prospects.

“We are very confident that the ANC is going to do very, very well in this campaign not just at a national level but also in Gauteng province. Even young people, some of whom it is said are not interested in Politics are coming forward here. They say the youth, too, want to be counted in these elections. So, as the ANC we are confident… We are confident we are going to do very very well.”