Final throw of election dice

HUGE CROWD, COMRADE: President Jacob Zuma and his ANC deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, in jovial mood at the ANC Siyanqoba rally at the FNB Stadium in Soweto yesterday. Picture: SYDNEY SESHIBEDI
HUGE CROWD, COMRADE: President Jacob Zuma and his ANC deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, in jovial mood at the ANC Siyanqoba rally at the FNB Stadium in Soweto yesterday. Picture: SYDNEY SESHIBEDI

IN the last show of force before Wednesday’s general election, President Jacob Zuma played the race card, youth leader turned opposition rival Julius Malema pledged to seize politicians’ bling trappings – including Zuma’s Nkandla homestead – and DA supporters were stoned.

Zuma told a crowd of about 100000 supporters at the ANC’s Siyanqoba (we are winning) rally in Soweto yesterday: “We will strengthen the enforcement of the provisions of the newly amended Employment Equity Act and the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Act.

“Successful implementation will open more opportunities for African, Indian and coloured people, as well as women, the youth and persons with disabilities, as we reverse the apartheid legacy.”

However, Zuma also tried to reach out to all sectors of society as he reiterated the ANC’s non-racial policy. – Sibusiso Ngalwa, Penwell Dlamini and Sipho Masombuka

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