PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma is the second best president South Africa has ever had after Nelson Mandela because of his ability to listen to advice and admitting his mistakes.
This is the message that Zuma received when he visited the congregation of the Church of Warriors, in Ackerville, Emalahleni (Witbank), yesterday.
"You are a great leader and the second best after former president Nelson Mandela because you have the ability to listen to advice. You also take care of all of us without any prejudice," Bishop Dununu Msibi told Zuma, who bowed his head in appreciation.
Msibi prayed for Zuma and made a commitment that his church would continue to pray for the leadership of the ANC as well as that of the government.
Zuma repeated his controversial statement that the ANC would rule until the return of Jesus Christ.
"Those who are believers will tell you that the time is coming when the Son of God will come back to Earth. The ANC will rule this country until then," Zuma told a huge crowd at Ackerville Stadium.
The president was in Emalahleni as part of the ANC's Siyabonga rallies to thank supporters after the elections in April.
The campaign is also aimed at reviving the party's presence throughout the country.
A post-election report showed that the ANC had dropped support in most of the provinces except in KwaZulu-Natal.
After the church service, Zuma met traditional leaders, business community, ANC alliance partners and the youth at the Emalahleni municipality offices.
The entourage then proceeded to Ackerville Stadium, where thousands of people were waiting.
The excited crowd welcomed Zuma to the podium with his signature song Umshini Wami.
Zuma promised to announce a toll-free number in the presidency so that anyone could call to make suggestions on delivery.
"We do not want lazy people in the government. When the old people go to clinics and hospitals the nurses should quickly attend to them," he said.
Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza later danced alongside kwaito singer Chomee, while MEC for public works, roads and transport Clifford Mkansi, Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Jackson Mthembu, the Mpumalanga legislature speaker danced in the background.