- Jacob Zuma, the former president, addressed more than a thousand residents at a recent ANC election campaign event in Port Shepstone
- He encouraged ANC members to vote for the party “instead of throwing their vote at sea” by voting for other parties
- He admitted that mistakes had been made during ANC rule, but shrugged it off as something that happens when your working
Speaking to more than a thousand residents in Port Shepstone at a provincial ANC election campaign event, Jacob Zuma revealed that he had left to save the party.
"I decided to resign before my term ended to save the ANC," the ex-president said
"The ANC NEC (national executive committee) told me to resign as president and they could not provide me with reasons when I asked them. I decided to save the ANC and I resigned. I saw that this would lead us into a forest and we would fight among ourselves," he went on to say.
"The ANC is more important than my pain and feelings," he said to resounding cheers from the crowd.
He encouraged the attendants to vote for the party, not the president.
"The ANC hasn't done anything wrong to you. There are talks that some people are not happy about so and so or Zuma. Vote for the ANC, not the president. If you choose not to vote next year then you're not mature. Vote for the ANC to remain in government," he insisted.
Zuma warned members who thought they were "special because of power or because of their ideas" to "put the ANC first".
He reminded his members that they had joined the ANC, not the other way around and that it was up to them to improve the party. He also acknowledged that the ANC had made mistakes during its tenure as the governing party.
"Mistakes happen when you're working," he explained.
He gave a stern warning against those who were criticising the party and encourage the youth to vote for the ANC “instead of throwing their vote at sea”.
"Do not vote for the other party that used to be led by that woman and now led by that boy, I forget their names and party. Do not also vote for the other party led by that boy who is always in red who talks too much," Jacob Zuma sarcastically commented.
This was an obvious referral to the Democratic Alliance formerly headed by Helen Zille and now Mmusi Maimane, as well as to the Economic Freedom Fighter’s leader Julius Malema.
"The other party even recently defeated the other coloured woman in Cape Town. She left in the end as they continued provoking her. Why vote for them? The boy in red has done nothing for the people. Vote for the ANC."
Another obvious reference to Patricia de Lille who has recently resigned, leaving the DA to start a political party of her own.
Not missing an opportunity to jab at the former presidents of the ANC, which ironically includes him, he went on to comment:
"Being a former president does not mean anything. It doesn't mean you're a king. Being a former means nothing. He is the one who sent me. That's how it's supposed to be. You were given that position for certain reasons. It doesn't mean that when you once had a position, you're a king now. It doesn't mean anything. That's why they use 'former', they now tell you 'useless one' you're a former," he said laughing.
Jacob Zuma also, surprisingly, suggested that the current leader of the party should be respected and that Cyril Ramaphosa was under the wing of Mdumiseni Ntuli, the current provincial secretary.
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