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Mon Dec 22 14:00:54 SAST 2014

Odds were against ANC ahead of elections: Zuma

Sapa | 11 May, 2014 09:15
President Jacob Zuma raises his glass at a victory rally of his ruling ANC in Johannesburg.
Image by: MIKE HUTCHINGS / REUTERS

The African National Congress had odds stacked against it leading to the elections, President Jacob Zuma told thousands on Saturday.

"It has been an election and a half," said Zuma.

"There were efforts to campaign against ANC. There was a negative campaign to paint the party we don't know."

Zuma told thousands of party supporters and volunteers at the Library Gardens park in the Johannesburg CBD that the media had also campaigned against the party.

He said the opposition themselves forgot to campaign but focused on the ANC.

"Many newspapers wrote about the failures of the ANC. Opposition forgot to talk about themselves and spend their time talking about ANC in an attempt to confuse people of this country," said Zuma.

He added that parties focused on his Nkandla homestead and did not tell the country what they were bringing to the table to change peoples lives.

He said political parties spoke about Nkandla so much, they started believing its what people wanted to hear and were talking about.

"ANC and alliance know politics. While doing door-door, no one asked about Nkabdla. They [opposition] started believing that people were talking about Nkandla," he said.

Zuma added that there was nothing wrong with his homestead and did not understand why they were talking about it.

"There is nothing wrong with Nkandla, there is something wrong with them," Zuma said.

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