ANC urges members to pray to stop MK

By Celani Sikhakhane

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa and his deputy Paul Mashatile have turned to churches and traditional healers to seek divine intervention as the party faces an exodus of leaders and members who are joining former president Jacob Zuma’s uMkhonto Wesizwe (MK) party. 

On Sunday, Ramaphosa was in the Eastern Cape at a Methodist church with provincial chairperson Oscar Mabuyane.

Meanwhile, Mashatile visited traditional leaders in Gauteng where they burned incense and called on the ancestors of the ANC to save the organisation from “bad spirits” ahead of the general elections on 29 May. 

In KwaZulu-Natal, ANC leaders in several regions have called on party members to go to Easter sermons to pray because it is facing difficult times. 

ANC Harry Gwala regional chairperson Zamo Nxumalo told members on Sunday that there is no better time to pray.

“Everyone must go to church for Easter weekend because we need prayers. The ANC needs youth to pray to face these elections,” said Nxumalo. 

Meanwhile, the ANC was in the Durban High Court on Wednesday to challenge an alleged copyright infringement by MK of the uMkhonto weSizwe brand.  

The eThekwini region, with the biggest membership of the ANC in any region in the country, is said to be losing members to MK.

And in rural areas, MK is recruiting more and more ANC and IFP members.

The deputy traditional prime minister to the Zulu King, Inkosi Phathisizwe Chiliza, has also left the ANC to join MK.

It’s largely, but not entirely, a shift to former president Jacob Zuma’s party. 

In Newcastle, four councillors left the ANC – but to join the IFP, not MK. 

Pictured above: ANC deputy president Paul Mashatile calls on traditional healers while Ramaphosa visits churches. 

Image source: Supplied 

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