Mantashe Commends Zuma's 1st Term in Office, Says It Was "Active"

Mantashe Commends Zuma's 1st Term in Office, Says It Was "Active"

- ANC National Chairperson Gwede Mantashe revealed his stance on former president Jacob Zuma's time as president

- Mantashe believes that Zuma had a very active first term of presidency and included 2009 in this

- Mantashe commended Zuma's governmental changes such as the splitting of the education department

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During his testimony at the State Capture Commission, African National Congress Chairperson Gwede Mantashe stated he supports former president Jacob Zuma's first term in the Union Buildings.

Although Mantashe spoke about the troubles that followed JZ, he did state that Zuma's first term yielded positive results. Mantashe made special note of Zuma splitting the education department into both Higher Education and Basic Education.

Mantashe stated that during Zuma's first term, which began in 2009, the ruling party would talk about an "activist Parliament". Mantashe was the Secretary-General at the time and also spoke about Msholozi introducing the HIV program adding that the former president had an "active" first term.

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ANC National Chairperson Gwede Mantashe believes that former president Jacob Zuma had a successful first term as president. Image: PHILL MAGAKOE/AFP and Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg
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A report by TimesLIVE confirmed that Mantashe's beliefs of Zuma's first term being an active one with positive results. Mantashe also spoke on state capture and how there was allegedly no talks about it during Zuma's first term.

According to SABC News, Mantashe said he personally regards the first term as successful and included 2009 in that. Mantashe stated that Zuma's introduction of various governmental changes was positive and that in his own view, it was an active first term for the former president.

Earlier, Briefly News reported that Msholozi wrote a 21-page letter addressed to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. Wednesday, 14 April, was Zuma's last day to inform CJ Mogoeng of the way in which he should be sentenced if he is found guilty of being in contempt of court.

Zuma, however, revealed that he would not be writing to the Constitutional Court. In a 21-page letter addressed to Mogoeng, Zuma stated that if he was found to be in contempt of court he would be the first prisoner of the Constitutional Court.

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This follows Mogoeng's letter to Zuma, last week, giving the former president three days to propose an adequate sentence if he were to be found in contempt of court in no more than 15 pages.

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