Zuma: ANC needs two-thirds majority win at polls to undo injustices of past

Former President Jacob Zuma was speaking to veteran’s league members from the eThekwini region on Monday as a part of the 'Thuma Mina' campaign.

Former President Jacob Zuma on the campaign trail for the ANC in the eThekwini region of KwaZulu-Natal on 19 November 2018. Picture: @MYANC/Twitter

DURBAN – Former President Jacob Zuma says the African National Congress (ANC) should be a part of society’s solutions because the party has a unique advantage of being a movement first before anything else.

Zuma was speaking to veteran’s league members from the eThekwini region on Monday as a part of the “Thuma Mina” campaign.

The provincial executive is on a drive to have senior leaders who come from KwaZulu-Natal be a part of the election campaign trail.

The former president took the veterans down memory lane, reminding them of the struggle days and how difficult the fight for freedom was for the movement.

He says that while there are some who are enjoying the gains of freedom, there are a lot who continue to live in abject poverty and it is black people who are faced with this truth.

Zuma said that one will not see a white person living under harsh conditions and stating this fact does not make one racist but rather reflecting the reality of South Africa.

The former statesman says this is why a two-thirds majority win by the ANC is necessary to undo the injustices of the past and enact policies that deal with inequality.

CLEAN UP YOUR ACT

Zuma says the ANC must clean up its act and become a good example to other political parties of what unity looks like.

The provincial ANC has called on all past and present national executive committee members who hail from KZN to participate in campaign efforts ahead of the 2019 elections.

This includes former provincial chair Sbu Ndebele who has been approached by the incumbent executive to assist with reaching out to voters.

Provincial secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli confirmed their meeting with Ndebele during this morning’s breakfast just before introducing Zuma to come onto the podium.

Ndebele, who was once part of then-president Thabo Mbeki’s camp in the years leading up to the ANC’s Polokwane conference, has previously received hostile treatment from party members in the province for supporting that faction.

Ndebele had been one of the people advocating for Mbeki to get a third term

In 2005, not long after Zuma was axed by Mbeki as deputy president, Ndebele had to be escorted out of a Youth Day rally in KwaMashu after objects were thrown at him from Zuma loyalists.

Ntuli says all leaders of the ANC are needed to try and achieve a decisive win for the party next year.

ZUMA PREACHES UNITY IN THE ANC

The former president says unity must not just be a catchphrase for the party but a lived experience by all members in the party.

“We must make comrades who don’t see eye-to-eye to come face each other and unite. This would make me very happy. It will also make it much easier for us to tell people to vote for the ANC”

Zuma has emphasised the influence that KZN has within the ruling party, adding that this is one of the reasons why the national leaders decided to host the ANC’s annual 8 January statement in the province.

The former president says this why there can no longer be room for divisions within the organisation.

“By the time we get to 2019…even those voters who would’ve looked at us and said ‘this organisation is busy fighting with itself’ must see that fighting is a thing of the past in the ANC, but maybe for parties like the DA and EFF. The ANC must become an example of unity.”

Ntuli says after assessing where most of the party’s votes come from, the organisation has found that the elderly remain loyal when it comes to voting for the ANC.

He says this has driven their initiative to reach out to them and get their insights on what they believe is happening and should be done within the ANC.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)