They filled the Millenium Hall in Ackerville as well as the Block B Community Hall in Nkomazi, lighting candlelights and “praying for the unity of the ANC for an overwhelming victory in 2019”.
The Practical Radical Economic Transformation group of Mpumalanga will campaign for the ANC to achieve “overwhelming victory” but wants the political power that the ANC will win next year “translated into the power of the poor”.
The organisation says they will go “to the ground” and mobilise for the “overwhelming victory” of the ANC ahead of next year’s general elections.
They held a prayer session at the Roman Catholic Church in Ackerville, eMalahleni Thursday this week, asking the Lord Almighty to assist the ANC get united and not lose focus on the needs of the poor.
There was also another prayer meeting at the Tonga Block B Community Hall in Nkomazi and both featured pastors who led the two prayer sessions before the organisation’s leader Themba Sgudla addressed both meetings.
Sgudla flew in a navy chopper on Thursday morning to allow himself to address both events.
He said when they campaign and vote for the ANC theirs have “conditions”.
“The situation we are finding ourselves in today cannot be the same after elections and that is the message we want the ANC to hear,” Sgudla said to applause.
“But now we are going to go on the ground and [will] campaign for the ANC. But what we are going to do that is completely different when we campaign for the ANC is to get you people who are sitting here to nominate yourselves and go to Parliament,” Sgudla said.
Sgudla, who early this year threw tantrums at the Mpumalanga ANC and former friend DD Mabuza, threatening to contest elections on his own, now says the organisation will rally behind the ANC of President Cyril Ramaphosa and ensure its “decisive victory”.
He urged PRET members who are also ANC members to nominate themselves in the branches in order to go serve in Parliament and the provincial legislature.
He said if the EFF was able to send poor people to Parliament and legislatures “why not the ANC”.
“If you poor people can nominate yourselves and go serve in Parliament and legislature you will be well placed because you understand the situation better,” he said.
He was accompanied by eMalahleni sub-regional leader Bhuti Mamba and other PRET leaders from Steve Tshwete, Victor Khanye, Thembisile Hani and JS Moroka.
(edited by ZK)
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