- The possibility on infighting in the ANC is on the rise, with a presidential tiff on the horizon for South Africa
- The situation between heavyweights Cyril Ramaphosa and Jacob Zuma is looking increasingly unstable
- Last week saw the President referred to Zuma's tenure as '9 lost years.' Naturally, Zuma has come out in defence of his time as president
The World Economic Forum in Davos last week saw President Cyril Ramaphosa referring to the long rule of Jacob Zuma as 'nine lost years.'
The former president seems to have taken great offence to this, taking to social media to defend his time as leader:
So it is with unease that we must bear witness to certain recent comments and attitudes that, if not questioned, threaten to become the prevailing wisdom and even the new status quo in the ANC. Because we are hearing, now, of the country’s 'nine wasted years.'
Zuma's crowning achievements
Zuma goes on to list what he clearly feels are his defining moments as the President, highlighting that during his reign the ANC:
- Created the National Development Plan, which he has dubbed a 'central pivot' around which numerous government programmes developed
- Established the Presidential Hotline to make government more 'hands on'
- According to his post, South Africa became the leading nation globally for delivering subsidised housing for the poor
- Increased access to electricity and piped water
- Broadening of social grants programmes, including the subsidisation of nutrition programmes
- The roll out of the 'biggest infrastructure investment drive since the dawn of democracy'
The list of the ex-president's 'accomplishments' goes on to mention free tertiary education, as well as SA becoming an 'equal partner in Brics.'
Putting on a united front, but 'not for my sake'
With a few thinly veiled comments, Zuma reprimanded Ramaphosa for his comments, highlighting the importance of a united front this close to the elections.
We are in an election year and it is not advisable for us to subscribe to the lie that the past decade has been a completely wasted one. It was the ANC in charge, and we should not be taking such a message of defeatism to those who have given us their votes, and trust.
Zuma took a moment to lament the loss of Joburg and Tshwane in 2016, blaming leadership who he says barred him from campaigning in the area:
A culture of despondency and near-defeatism seems to have crept into the ANC after we failed to win two of the big metros in Gauteng in 2016. The loss of Johannesburg and Tshwane was blamed, by some, “on Zuma”. But how many bothered to take the time to acknowledge that this was the same province where this same Zuma had been rejected by some in the provincial leadership, treated with embarrassment and most heavily criticised by the ANC itself?
While Msholozi has done his best to defend his career as president, the current economic climate in the country can be largely attributed to a lack of leadership and accountability in government.
The Zondo Commission has heard of widespread corruption and looting in the highest ranks of the ANC, with Zuma's name being mentioned more than one cares to hear.
Briefly.co.za reported recently that Angelo Agrizzi testified about how the infamous BOSASA would fund ANC rallies, even sponsoring a birthday cake for Zuma.
However, with an election looming in the near future, Ramaphosa might just have to see the wisdom in making nice with the ex-president- at least until after the nation's votes have been cast.
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