Former president Jacob Zuma says that the ANC would have fared better at the polls if he had joined their elections campaign earlier. Speaking in KwaZulu-Natal, Zuma even went as far as claiming he had managed to convince voters who had turned their backs on the party to support them once more.
Speaking to supporters, Jacob Zuma claimed that his decision to join the ANC campaign had helped win over voters who had opted not to support the party.
The former president claimed that rumours had circulated of ANC supporters forsaking the party, but he had managed to pursuade them to change their mind:
" I told them you can’t do that — if you have a problem with an individual in the ANC, you don’t punish the ANC."
In fact, Zuma feels that the lowered support for the party could have been avoided, if only he had hit the campaign trail earlier:
"I think that the lower percentage we got in the elections was because of this talk that some people are not going to vote. Had I joined the ANC elections campaign earlier, I would also have persuaded these few individuals who decided not to vote for the ANC.”
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Zuma is currently facing corruption charges, put in place 15 years ago. The politician will be appearing in the Pietermaritzburg High Court until Friday, hoping to have the case thrown out completely:
“These charges are not new — they are 15 years old. My lawyers told the judges that unlike in the apartheid period where an accused was treated badly or even killed, the current democratic South Africa that we live under requires that the rights of an accused be respected.”
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