- Jessie Duarte has raised a few eyebrows after claiming that life in SA without the ANC cannot be imagined
- The deputy secretary-general even went as far as to claim that removing the ruling party could lead to a civil war
- Despite making this claim, Duarte opted out of explaining why the ruling party losing power would spark unrest
ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte says that SA minus the ANC simply cannot be imagined.
Without going into specifics as to why, Duarte also claimed that the ANC being dethroned would spark a civil war:
“Comrades, it is very difficult when you speak with people who doubt that the ANC should continue. You know in your heart that you can never live in a country where there is no ANC because the opposite to that would be chaos and, undoubtedly, a civil war that we all don’t want."
Duarte had raised her opinion on the nation's alleged reliance on the ANC during the memorial service for Rajes Pillay.
Pillay had played an immense role in the ANC and the now-defunct Natal Indian Congress, working with the likes of Oliver Tambo.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Duarte had come out swinging in the Minister of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's defence.
Durate accused the tobacco industry of making people ill through their cigarettes and other products.
She also praised Dlamini-Zuma for what she has done for the country. This came at a time when members of the national command council had been accused of supporting Dlamini-Zuma's continued ban on the sale of cigarettes and alcohol.
People have also suspected Dlamini-Zuma is being behind the government's sudden decision to ban cigarettes as the country moved to lockdown Level 4.
Duarte defended Dlamini-Zuma and said the attacks were unfair.
“I wish to protest against the attack on Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma by what is clearly a well-orchestrated tobacco industry trying to make sure we are driven into a deeper crisis during a period when we are facing a health crisis that attacks people's respiratory organs,” said Duarte.
“Here is an industry who over years have exploited the health of many people across the world. And today they find it easy to chain up petitions and ask people to sign and believe that is how one removes a minister of state.”
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