It appears as if the African National Congress spent the largest portion of their birthday celebrations insisting that they were a team and that there were no ill-feelings between current President Ramaphosa and ex-president Jacob Zuma
Yesterday the festivities were kicked off for the ANCs 107th birthday, with top party officials gathering to garner support ahead of the upcoming general elections.
With President Cyril Ramaphosa leading the way in celebrations, Jacob Zuma had been present and participated alongside his successor for many of the events.
The former president tagged along to a church service, a visit to pay respect to the founding president John Dube’s grave as well as a rally in Inanda, KZN.
The ex-president had walked into applause when he entered the venue where the rally had been held, as well as each time his name had been mentioned.
President Cyril Ramaphosa had endured a much less receptive response from the crowd. Despite this, he had maintained that the relationship between himself and Zuma remained intact.
"We've been working together for long, as you heard in 1991 I was elected secretary general. Comrade Zuma was my deputy, we worked well together, we negotiated, then there was democracy. After that, Zuma was elected deputy president, then president, he served for five years, after that, he said 'come and work with me'. Then I became his deputy, after that I was elected as president, he is here now, he is the former president, we get along very well,"
He went on to tell the crowd that he felt ‘lucky’ that he was able to consult with the former presidents who were still alive, adding that Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe were still available to him.
"They have experience, knowledge, know the history of the organisation. So when I tell you the truth, I am one of the luckiest presidents in the recent years of the ANC."
The Kwa-Zulu Natal province has been experiencing deep divisions in the ANC members who reside in the region. Infighting had often led to violence, but despite this, the province had held a successful provincial congress in 2018.
"We applaud you as you've also succeeded in uniting the leadership of the ANC and I am delighted that today, we are also here working with our former president, showing a real case of unity that both of us are committed to. This is what John Langalibalele Dube would have wanted,"
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