WE’LL use our bums to defend the president!
This was the promise made by Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane on Saturday.
Speaking to about 10000 residents of Marite, near Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga, the former Gauteng premier said ANC voters must protect the party.
“We love President Jacob Zuma, whether they like it or not,” she said. “We urge you to also trust in Msholozi, even if he is not educated. He was not given a chance to go to school because he was fighting for our freedom.
“Don’t think the attack is on Zuma. It is on the ANC.
“We will defend Zuma, even if it means we have to use our bums.”
Residents, councillors and MECs applauded.
Mokonyane was speaking at the launch of the Mathibela water reticulation project in Marite, which saw 395 households being given running water.
Mokonyane said by the end of this month, the area will get funding for another R351 million water project. By 2015, all water projects in the area will be finished.
“There’s no freedom if pregnant women are still carrying buckets of water on their heads,” she said.
“You deserve to have running water inside your households like those living in Soweto or Nelspruit.
“But you must look after your taps and not let them be sold as scrap metal by nyaope addicts,” Mokonyane said.
Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza said that more water reservoirs are going to be built.
“Today we are witnessing the delivery of what you wanted,” he said. “We are thankful to the minister and the provincial government for coming and looking into the Bushbuckridge water crisis.”
The Mathibela clan’s Kgoshi Mathupa Mokoena said the residents are behind Zuma, and will defend him “with our big bums”.
“We are happy that residents will no longer have to wake up at 3am to fetch water,” he said.