- Jacob Zuma says the ANCYL should back a president committed to implenting ANC policy resolutions
- He added that a president should be more concerned with poor South Africans than with investors
- The former president also urged the ANCYL to be more active in pursuing economic change
Jacob Zuma says that the ANC Youth League must support a president who will implement the party's resolutions, rather than one who is concerned with investor confidence.
The former president made the comments on Thursday at and ANCYL event at the University of Johannesburg.
His remarks appeared to be a thinly-veiled swipe aimed at President Ramaphosa.
Zuma said that the ANCYL should back a president who "undertook to implement a programme of action which was in line with emancipating deprived South Africans", according to News24.
He also said that South Africa needed "someone who would implement the political programme of the congress".
Zuma's comments echo those made by ANC secretary-general (and Zuma loyalist) Ace Magashule. On several occasions, Magashule has accused Cyril Ramaphosa of not taking decisive action in implementing the resolutions made at the ANC's 2017 Nasrec elective conference.
Interestingly, EFF leader Julius Malema has also slammed Ramaphosa on similar grounds, saying that the president had failed to implement ANC resolutions such as the nationalisation of the Reserve Bank and the expropriation of land without compensation.
Additionally, Zuma urged the ANCYL to take a more active role in fighting for economic and political change in South Africa. However, the ANCYL has faced criticism of its own in recent weeks.
There have been allegations that the league's current leadership have overstayed their term and are thus unconstitutional. This had led to calls for the leadership to be disbanded, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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