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ANC president Jacob Zuma yesterday told residents of Mangaung in the Free State that voting for other parties amounted to misusing the votes.
Zuma, who was campaigning in Bloemfontein yesterday, said other political parties were insignificant and would not win the elections to govern.
"Do not throw away your votes into the river," he said.
Zuma said he had no doubt that the ANC would win the coming national elections. His main worry was the margin of victory, he told his audience. "ANC will be in power again, there is no doubt that we will win. What we need is sufficient power to change the lives of the people," he said.
Zuma said the other parties were obsessed with reducing ANC's power. Urging people of Free State to vote for the ANC, he reminded them that the party was born in their province.
"The ANC is your baby, this is your party. It will be a mistake not to vote for it. I can understand about people in other provinces but not here in Mangaung."
During his house-to-house visit in Heidedal township and Mangaung, Zuma offered to pay off debts of two pensioners whose electricity was switched off because of non-payment. The pensioners, Johanna Pretorious and Trudie van Wyk, collectively owe the local municipality R5000.
They told Zuma that their grants were not enough to pay for services. "The ANC will increase your pension until it becomes acceptable ... old people must be taken care of," he said.
He went on to address business people and academics in a meeting where the media was barred .