Editor's note: Jacob Zuma has claimed that he loves the ANC, but - in light of the former president's Zondo Commission testimony - ANC veteran Khulu Mbatha questions whether this is really the case.
"Mr President, think twice if you say you ‘love the ANC’.
"These are not easy words to utter, especially for someone who has been the president of the ANC and head of state.
"Even OR Tambo, who never became a head of state, I do not remember him saying, ‘I love the ANC!’
"But for the years he led us, I never doubted the love he had for this glorious movement.
"When you took your seat at that Zondo Commission, which I am happy you created yourself (apart from the explanation you gave to the nation on Monday) following the wishes of many South Africans, I believed this is the hour to free yourself of all the burden you carry with you.
"Mr President, when you requested to make an opening statement and the Deputy-Chief Justice Zondo allowed you to do so, I felt very confident that you are going to give the nation something to remember.
"Then you started by saying you can be nasty; I was taken aback because I have never heard that word being uttered by any of the ANC presidents before you and those that have been heads of state.
"I still said to myself, this could be a play with words. English is not our mother language.
"The rest is history now. And where to now?"
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Khulu Mbatha is an author and ANC veteran.
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