The SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) national organiser, Sam Nkosi, has warned that “the ancestors” will punish those leaving the ANC. He said many young people were deserting the ANC to join “fly-by- night”political parties.
“The ancestors will punish them because they were leaving the organisation of the ancestors,” said Nkosi. Nkosi’s remarks could be interpreted as an indirect swipe at Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters, who are mostly young people. He suggested there was likely to be a government change because “elders have failed to give direction to young people.”
Nkosi was speaking at the funeral of Mmatlou Ramatlhodi, the mother of public service and administration minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi, in Segole village near Mokopane, Limpopo, at the weekend.
On Sunday, opposition parties came out guns blazing, accusing the ANC of introducing fear tactics among voters. EFF provincial secretary Josneral, hit back at Nkosi, saying his comments were “very unfortunate” and “political childishness”. “South Africa is a democratic state,” said Buthane.
“The ANC must value the existence of other political parties. “I wonder how such an old man can say such things at a funeral.” Buthane said Nkosi’s remarks have exposed the childishness of some ANC leaders. Buthane is a son-in-law in the Ramatlhodi family. Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane said the ANC was grasping at straws.
“This is a desperate ANC realising that they are losing support,” he said. South Africans have had enough of lies. They want a new government.” Maimane said the “fly-bynight” party, the EFF, was the creation of the ANC. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi described the ANC as an organisation of God and ancestors.
“We must come back and sit down and find out why young people are joining other political parties,” said Motsoaledi. Motsoaledi, an ANC national executive committee member, said Limpopo was the home of the ANC.
“The province should claim the number one spot in the ANC,” he said. The ANC in the province is believed to be losing support while the EFF seemed to be gaining members.
Next year’s local government elections are expected to be fiercely fought, with the EFF and DA gunning for powerful metros like Nelson Mandela Bay, Tshwane and Johannesburg. Motsoaledi used the funeral to urge Limpopo premier Chupu Mathabatha to appoint the right people as mayors after the local government elections.