South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has blamed witchcraft for his party’s failure to beat the the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) in its Western Cape stronghold
Addressing a packed Lwandle Hall‚ in Strand‚ on Thursday‚ Zuma said ghosts might even been voting to keep the DA in power.
Zuma’s address was done in both isiZulu and isiXhosa. Jacob Zuma is a polygamist who has been married six times
“I don’t know where they get the luck to win here because people in the majority are not living comfortable. I don’t know‚ [maybe] it’s because of witchcraft‚ witches practice their craft in different ways‚” said while addressing the ANC cadres forum gathering.
He said nowadays witches even used electricity.
“In the last elections I was satisfied that we are taking the Western Cape‚ I even said so. What went wrong? I too can’t tell you. It’s witchcraft‚ you never know. Maybe even ghosts are voting‚” said Zuma.
His address comes a year after the party took a massive beating in the 2016 Local Government Elections‚ losing all councils.
In the City of Cape Town‚ the DA won back the municipality with a two-thirds majority.
He had first visited hall‚ nicknamed The Mall‚ in the area. Its name came about because poor residents decided to invade the hall and build shacks inside making it resemble a shopping centre or a mall.
Zuma said he had never seen anything like it in his life‚ leading him to question how the DA kept winning elections in the province.
“When you are in Rondebosch‚ it’s as if you are overseas‚ all is going well but if you come this side [townships]‚ it’s like a different country‚” said Zuma.
He urged the ANC to win back the province‚ saying if they win it back he would bring them cattle from Nkandla to celebrate‚ even if it happens when he is retired.
Zuma said the ANC was a party which was backed by both the ancestors and God.
Zuma also had words for his political opponents‚ saying he was not going to leave office until