Battle lines drawn between Ramaphosa and Zuma

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ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is unfazed by having to go head-to-head with his predecessor former President Jacob Zuma’s uMkhonto weSizwe party in the upcoming National and Provincial Elections. Ramaphosa was addressing thousands of ANC members and supporters in eThekwini. He added that even their detractors are now shaking seeing the ANC’s large numbers in the mini rally.

The battle of who will control the biggest voting block province, KwaZulu-Natal, in the country is under way. Ramaphosa is taking the battle straight to the doorstep of his predecessor Zuma who is aiming to hurt the ANC at the polls with uMkhonto We-Sizwe.

The ANC’s biggest region where MK is seemingly having numbers has had to pull two big mini rallies in a month, starting from ward 1 Kwa-Ximba and now in Inanda.

“I didn’t think that there would be a lot of people like this, you are full to capacity in such an amazing way, and which will scare off those who are against us, they will be shaking where they are seeing that the ANC is alive here,” says Ramaphosa.

Former ANC and South African President Zuma is also not taking the battle lightly, crisscrossing the length and breadth of the country. Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal so far are drawing the biggest numbers for Zuma’s new political project to unseat Ramaphosa.

“Every black person must join uMkhonto we-Sizwe, even those who have other parties must join here because MK is the today, the future and till eternity here in Africa. I hope we all agree,” says Zuma.

However, Ramaphosa says those campaigning against the former Liberation Movement will be disappointed as the party will still hold onto power in KwaZulu-Natal.

“We are saying that the ANC will be in charge here in KZN, it will also be in charge nationally and all other provinces. Even in the Western Cape, we are saying to this DA that’s in charge in the Western Cape, watch out because we are on our watch to snatch that Western Cape. So, comrades our campaign is getting warm now and showing that the ANC is alive,”

The ANC will this week campaign across the province as they gear up for the party’s manifesto launch at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, where they also plan to showcase their support in the province which is highly contested.

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