She told business leaders at a DA breakfast meeting in Witbank that she was often informed by voters that they disapproved of Zuma but were loyal to the ANC and would vote for the party on May 7.
“You cannot separate Jacob Zuma from the ANC,” Zille said. “He was deployed to his current position by the same ANC.
“The only way to get positions in the ANC is by sucking up to President Zuma. No one is going to change the ANC from within.”
Zille also spoke about religious leaders who would rather pray for an ANC defeat than vote for it.
“I encountered a man in Port Elizabeth the day before the 2011 local government elections. He said he prayed the DA would win there. I said we could do so with his vote. But he maintained that, as a Christian, he did not believe in voting. He only believed in prayer.
“We almost won Port Elizabeth. We would have, had those who only prayed also voted after having prayed. Votes are counted in Pretoria, not in heaven,” Zille said.
DA Mpumalanga leader Anthony Benadie said the Emalahleni municipality was under administration because ANC factionalism was deemed more important than service delivery.