President Jacob Zuma has made an impassioned call to all ANC members who left the party to form their own or join others, to come back to the ruling party.
Zuma was addressing an ANC rally while campaigning in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. He says their skills can only be effective if they are in the ANC.
Zuma also dismissed calls to debate with DA leader Helen Zille. He visited the Jerusalem informal settlement where some of the residents are now proud owners of RDP houses.
One of them is 74-year-old Nompithi Limathi who has lived in a shack since 1990. Her two year old grandchild also received R200 from the President.
Her neighbour asked the President to help the community with water, schools and jobs.
President Zuma also promised to help a young woman, through the Solomon Mahlangu Bursary Scheme, to finish school after she fell pregnant and dropped out.
As he campaigned in the DA controlled northern areas of Port Elizabeth, DA supporters in Jacksonville held placards complaining of poor service delivery. For the President it was an opportunity to engage with the residents.
Addressing hundreds of supporters in Motherwell, Zuma made a call to those who broke away from the ruling party to come back home. “We need all their skills and capabilities to be in the ANC so that they can be deployed properly to utilise their talents to help SA develop. I know some of the people who left the ANC. They have skills they can’t use now. They must come back to the ANC.”
In Uitenhage, he interacted with voters at shopping malls and taxi ranks, distributing ANC paraphernalia.
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