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ANC explains Zuma's Jesus remarks

Jessie Duarte
24 June 2009

Ruling party downplays president's claims that it will rule until the second coming

The African National Congress (ANC) has noted a concern raised by the South African Council of Churches (SACC) on the remark made by ANC President Jacob Zuma over the weekend that the ruling party would not be conquered until "Jesus comes back".

Founded by religious leaders, the ANC has high regard for Christian teachings, values and principles. It does not intend to undermine these. The President has also gone on record in recognising the critical role played by religious leaders in the liberation of South Africa.

During the 2009 elections campaign, the ANC President visited places of worship in all the nine provinces to seek blessings. After the polls, the President has been on a campaign to thank the people of South Africa for the confidence shown to the organisation in giving it yet another mandate to rule the country.

Remarks made in Mpumalanga should be understood in the context of the President's confidence in the people of South Africa who have - in the last four successive elections - voted overwhelmingly for the ANC. We are confident that the people will continue to do so in future elections due to our track record and legacy.

Statement issued by the African National Congress, June 23 2009

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Those who are believers will tell you that the time is coming when the Son of God will come back to Earth. The ANC will rule this country until then,' Zuma told a huge crowd at Ackerville Stadium."
Sowetan, June 22 2009
 

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yes anc...
yes anc, the public is so stupid that you need to explain to us how we misunderstood the deep comments made again.....prehaps you should stop being so arrogant and start focusing on the real issues, as the lord knows sa has many?

by onlooker on June 24 2009, 06:48
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Well said Mr President!
Of course ANC will rule untill Jesus comes back ,so what?
Does this offend anyone or any political party ?

WE WILL ALWAYS VOTE ANC FOR SURE no matter who says what!

by MVPKN on June 24 2009, 09:09
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"conquered"
Strange word to use in a democracy. Was Obama the conquerer when he came to power. Is Brown about to be conquered. Did Zille conquer the ANC in the Western Cape.

Maybe it is not so strange coming from a politician who uses a song about a machine . .more

by Sad days on June 24 2009, 09:28
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ANC - JESUS
ANC leaders are an embarrasment to the country. The only reason they are in power is because of the colour of their skin. They are not intellectual, knowledgable, moral or statesman.

In the years to come the educated black youth will expose . .more

by J on June 24 2009, 09:33
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I have heard this response before.
By now we should accept the ruling party understand how its children (South Africans) should be addressed.

by Miya on June 24 2009, 09:33
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Sela
JESUS might come sooner than everyone thinks. Halleluja!!!

by $ on June 24 2009, 10:20
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Jeus comment
Come on Jesse you can do better than that! The only `context' is is that your leader has very little understanding of the Christian Faith or its standards of behavior and that he unsashamedly uses it as a political tool whenever it suits him.

by CM on June 24 2009, 12:32
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The ANC to rule until.............
it has no corrupt member

by Nwali on June 24 2009, 16:07
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The rot of the ANC
Track record of theft, corruption, state tender fraud, misuse of public funds, incompetence and racism to name a few. I cannot believe law abiding citizens actually support this behaviour with their vote. You get exactly what you vote for.

Jz . .more

by FrankTalk on June 24 2009, 20:35
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african national con
Nwali you are a complete liar.

by Frank Talk on June 24 2009, 20:36
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@ MVPKN
You say -

"WE WILL ALWAYS VOTE ANC FOR SURE no matter who says what!"

Spoken like a true ANC supporter - vote without thinking - I would expect nothing less.

For the rest of us, I suggest a bit of thought and analysis to decide . .more

by Sad days on June 25 2009, 18:05
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