President claims opponents are of the Devil and means it

Not the American president, in case you’re wondering. “Means it” might be kind of strong, but I found an article about Jacob Zuma, the president of South Africa, and a strange speech he gave encouraging voters to vote his way if they want to get to heaven:

“When you vote for the ANC, you are also choosing to go to heaven. When you don’t vote for the ANC you should know that you are choosing that man who carries a fork … who cooks people […] When you are carrying an ANC membership card, you are blessed. When you get up there, there are different cards used but when you have an ANC card, you will be let through to go to heaven […] When (Jesus) fetches us we will find (them) wearing black, green and gold, the holy ones belong to the ANC.”

I thought the holy ones are whoever supports the Pittsburg Steelers:

How about how the Steelers, by some odd circumstance, get relatively unknown coaches who blossom into fantastic organizers with the best assistant coaches in the universe? And, without fault or fail, they employ the best offensive and defensive schemes against almost all opponents?

Some say it’s “the great Steelers front office” or the “the Steelers’ culture breeds success.” Baloney. It’s God. This year, for example, Steve Johnson, of the Buffalo Bills, dropped a winning touchdown pass with seconds remaining in a game they eventually lost to the Steelers. He tweeted “God, how can you do me this way!!!”

Stevie, God has nothing against you. He just loves the Black and Gold.

Black and gold get mentioned in both articles… might be onto something there.. hm..

Back to Zuma and something a little more serious. The Democratic Alliance may be the Demoncratic Alliance to Zuma, but suggesting in public, seriously or not, that his opponents will send their voters to hell is a terrible and insulting way to attempt to claim he’s the right choice. Go by platform, go by history, go by something provable and reliable, not superstition and fear tactics.

“Ordinary South Africans of all backgrounds and creeds will find the President’s comments offensive and unacceptable.”

“His words are incendiary and dangerous, in that they seek to mobilise along religious lines, and sow seeds of division in our communities.”

The DA says: “Indeed, this is an act of shameless political and religious blackmail — the sort of political skulduggery that may be the norm in autocracies, but that should be anathema to our constitutional democracy.”

They’re calling for Zuma to publicly apologize for his remarks.

Think that’ll happen?

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