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Monday, 01 April 2024 21:45

Motsoeneng promises land of milk and honey, Ramaphosa, Malema attends service in Moria.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

African Content Movement (ACM) leader Hlaudi Motsoeneng says his party was the only organisation in the Free State that would change people's lives immediately.

"For the past 30 years, you have had belief and faith in the government that did not care for you. I am not praising the apartheid regime, but during those times, our people were working, be it a nurse, police officer, but there was employment," Motsoeneng said.

He said many people were stuck in the idea of voting for the late former president Nelson Mandela, saying that Mandela was no longer in the ANC and that people should vote for the ACM, as it was the only party that would take them out of poverty.

"There's no longer a Mandela but a Hlaudi Motsoeneng who will take you to the land of milk and honey. I have done wonders both in the country and outside the country. You continue voting for the organisation that did not care about you…

"Some of us here took our children to school using our hard-earned money only for them to come and live with us because of unemployment."

The flamboyant leader explained why he excelled in his responsibilities as a leader was a fact that he spoke less and did more, saying the fact that he did not have matric helped him a lot, as that made him more practical as opposed to theoretical.

"The public protector grilled me, because I had employed more people, and on top of that I gave South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) employees sweeteners (bonuses) because I valued the people that I work with," added Motsoeneng.

He continued to urge residents and party supporters to vote for leaders who were compassionate, as that would go a long way when they experienced challenges as that leader would first feel the pain of the people they were serving.

Meanwhile ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa attended the church's Easter Sunday service in Moria where he received cheers and applause from churchgoers, who were sitting in rows on the lawn. 

After the church proceedings were concluded, church leader Bishop Joseph Lekganyane gave Ramaphosa the opportunity to address the crowd consisting of men, women and children of all ages.

"Good afternoon Zion congregants, I am here in my own capacity and not as a politician. I want to congratulate you for running for 100 years. I have never seen so many people gathered until today. You all look so beautiful in church uniforms … "he said. 

During his sermon, Lekgayane mentioned that the country had many natural resources and that it should mean everyone was employed. He emphasised the need for the government and citizens to unite in order to run the country efficiently.

"It is not only the government that has to do it, the private sector, labour and civil society, that is what the governing party, the ANC, is calling for. Together we can do more and deliver a better life for all," Ramaphosa said.

He added that the ANC was looking to win an outright majority in the upcoming provincial and national elections.

"We are not in these elections to have coalitions, we are here for an outright majority, so I do not even begin to think about coalitions. They are thought about by those who do not think they are going to be victorious," he reiterated.

Ramaphosa was flanked by the ANC's head of elections, Mdumiseni Ntuli, Minister of Electricity Kgosientsho Ramokgopa, Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Mostoaledi as well as mayors of various regions in the province and the ANC's Limpopo leadership. 

At the same time, EFF leader Julius Malema also attended the service with his wife. The party’s head of presidency and Vuyani Pambo, was also present.