League support for Zuma

2012-07-06 00:00

ANC Youth League treasurer-general Pule Mabe tore into people who have criticised President Jacob Zuma’s leadership, saying Zuma was elected by a majority at the ANC 2007 Polokwane conference.

Speaking on “Economic freedom in our lifetime” at Pietermaritzburg’s Truro Hall last night, Mabe said Zuma was elected by the majority of the ANC members and no individual could claim to have held the key to his ascendancy to the top position.

“We are proud of the decision we took in Polokwane because we went there sober,” he said.

Zuma and the entire top six leadership were not a mistake. “If we were to rewind a cassette we would still vote for the same leadership,” said Mabe, to cheers from the audience, mostly made up of youth.

Mabe commended his party for a well organised national policy conference held in Midrand last week.

He said the ANC had emerged more united from the conference than before.

“The commissions proceeded as planned, including nationalisation.”

Mabe said there were no winners or losers in the ANC — they are all members.

He also paid tribute to South Coast councillor Wandile Mkhize, who was gunned down outside his home near Margate on Saturday.

“We may not have always agreed with my comrade Wandile, but he was certainly a revolutionary that we going to miss in the ANC,” he said.

He urged members to go in their numbers to Mkhize’s funeral on Sunday.

Rachel Soobiah, a member of the ANCYL NEC, told the members Mabe had been invited by the Ward 31 branch of the Moses Mabhida Region to make a keynote address to their youth league members.

Mabe was warmly received by the members who attended the lecture in their numbers.

• thobani.ngqulunga@witness.co.za

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