Zuma clarifies ‘ANC is more important than SA’ statement

In his statement, Jacob Zuma says he loves the ANC but that doesn’t mean he loves South Africa less.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma says he claimed the African National Congress (ANC) was more important than the country, because South Africa needs a strong, united and effective ANC to succeed.

He's now issued a statement on the party's website after being criticised for saying that, at the ANC Kwazulu-Natal congress ten days ago, for him the political party came first.

In his statement Zuma says he loves the ANC but that that does not mean he loves the country less.

He also says that he knows no other life than the ANC and that the party is his life.

He then goes on to say that the party remains the only viable tool in the hands of South Africans to achieve their total emancipation.

But the president also says that for the ANC to fulfil this historic role, it must renew itself, and enhance its determination to fight negative tendencies and restore the core values of the movement, which include unity, selflessness, sacrifice, humility honesty and discipline.

Zuma adds he will continue to use the ANC as an instrument of making his country a better place for everyone to live in.

He says that the party is continuing its mission of uniting not only its members, but all South Africans.