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ANC confirms Zuma's 'vote bomb'

While campaigning Jacob Zuma said the ANC would rule forever whether people liked it or not.

While campaigning in Mbombela, Jacob Zuma said the ANC would rule forever whether people liked it or not. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC has confirmed to a foreign press agency that President Jacob Zuma had indeed said the ANC would rule forever whether people liked it or not.

Zuma made the comments during a door-to-door campaign yesterday in Mpumalanga, saying those who thought the ANC would lose votes this year were dreaming.

"We will continue to run this government forever and ever, whether they like it or not."

He reportedly made the statement in isiZulu at the Kanyamazane township.

Opposition parties have already slammed him for these remarks.

Zuma has made several controversial comments in the past.

He has said before that the ANC "would rule until Jesus comes".

After that controversy, he said the party would rule until "you know when".

His supporters are likely to argue that he was simply making the point that the ruling party will win these elections even though some people wish it wouldn't.

Last year, Zuma was in hot water after making claims about Africa and Malawi.

"We can't think like Africans in Africa generally, we're in Johannesburg," he said.

He has also been quoted as saying that only white people keep dogs as pets.

Zuma was speaking in Mbombela where the ANC celebrated its 102nd birthday yesterday, and will officially launch its election campaign there on Saturday.