The ANC Youth League has praised former president Jacob Zuma for reaching out to the public with his continued support of the ANC and feels there could be a role for him in the ‘Thuma Mina’ campaign
The ANCYL has announced it supports ex-president Jacob Zuma’s return to public view and has revealed it feels his social media debut and the attention surrounding it could be a boost for the ANC for the upcoming election campaign.
The youth group has even gone as far to liken Zuma’s ‘contributions to the public discourse’ to that of the late ex-president Nelson Mandela.
The former president has caused plenty of buzz with his sudden appearance on social media platform Twitter. Giving both supporters and opposers plenty to talk about with his numerous posts.
With 150 000 followers within just a few short weeks the most recent video saw the former president discussing a hot topic in the country at the moment- land reform.
Briefly.co.za reported yesterday that Zuma had posted two videos on the subject, saying that if you solve the land problem, you solve South Africa’s problem. He had explained that true freedom could not be attained until the land that had been removed from indigenous tribes by the colonists was returned to its rightful owners.
Mondli Mkhize, ANCYL spokesperson, has said there is no fault to be found with the ex-president playing an active part in the ‘Thuma Mina’ election campaign as well as the general political discourse in the media, as other former leaders have done before him.
“There are a number of issues that all former presidents of the state can continue to lead and contribute in the movement and to the public discourse.
“If you look at former presidents such as Nelson Mandela, he would have played a similar role to the one Zuma is doing now.
“The manner in which he is reaching out to the public – that is the role that that any former president should be playing,” said Mkhize.
“And, just like Mandela, while in office he will have made many connections in business, the private sector and the public sector in other countries which he can use in dealing with social and economic issues in South Africa and help create a better life for all.
“We think the way former president Zuma is playing his role is showing that he is a true cadre and a volunteer of the African National Congress.”
Mkhize went on to say that the mere fact that Zuma had appeared on the ANC nomination list for this years election was an indication of the continued support he enjoyed in the ANC.
Naturally the leadership in the ANC will determine who qualifies for nomination but the fact that there remains some confidence in the capabilities of Jacob Zuma.
In the meantime, trade union and alliance partner COSATU will be engaging with the ANC leadership over the role which the former president might play in the election campaign, should he play a role at all.
Spokesperson Sizwe Pamla has remained silent on the matter, stating that they would make their opinion on this matter public after the ANC’s January 8 statement.
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