Friday, April 29, 2011

The ANC is losing sight of its liberal heritage

IN A country where more than 80% of the people describe themselves as Christians and two-thirds believe that the Bible, as the word of God, should be understood literally, President Jacob Zuma’s warning was taken to heart. “When you vote for the ANC (African National Congress),” he told an election rally of the party faithful in the Eastern Cape province on February 5th, “you are choosing to go to heaven. When you don’t vote for the ANC, you should know that you are choosing that man who carries a fork…who cooks people.”
In case anyone should think this a mere “figure of speech”, as his officials later tried to claim, the president, who is a lay pastor, went on to drive his message home: 

“When you are carrying an ANC membership card, you are blessed. When you get up there, there are different cards used, but when you have an ANC card, you will be let through to go to heaven.” And if, perchance, anyone were foolish enough to leave the ruling party to set up a rival splinter, as the Congress of the People (COPE) recently did, “you will struggle until you die,” he proclaimed. “The ancestors of this land…will all turn their backs on you.”

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