Splinter party will never threaten ANC, says Zuma

2008-10-08 00:00

ANC president Jacob Zuma yesterday dismissed as baseless the claims made by former defence minister Mosioua Lekota that the ANC under the new leadership has deviated from the values and the principles enshrined in the Freedom Charter.

Zuma also said that the proposed splinter party “is not and will never be” any real threat to the ANC.

He was speaking during an hour-long and wide-ranging interview on uKhozi FM last night.

“I am very confident that the ANC will have an even stronger showing at the polls next year.”

This splinter party will never be a real threat. Here we are talking about a party that has not been formed as yet and if it were to be formed it will have very little time to mobilise support before the elections,” Zuma said during the show.

Earlier, Lekota hinted at the imminent formation of a new party by disgruntled ANC members.

During the press conference he accused the ANC of departing from its founding principles saying the new leadership [under Zuma] has done nothing to condemn some of the practices deemed to go against the values of the organisation.

However Zuma said that the ANC had not deviated from the Freedom Charter adding that it was not the first time that Lekota had raised issues. “There is nothing new in what he said today. Mr Lekota has raised these issues even before Polokwane and we have spoken to him and addressed these,” he said without elaborating further.

Lekota had also charged that some ANC members and leaders had contravened the “All shall be equal before the law” clause as enshrined in the Freedom Charter by seeking a political solution to Zuma’s corruption trial. The ANC president however defended the calls for the political solution.

“Those who have made this call were saying that because they felt that this was no ordinary criminal trial, but they felt that it was a political trial. This has even affirmed by a [Pietermaritzburg] High Court judge”.

In response to Lekota’s criticism of the ANC Youth League for making inflammatory statements, Zuma said the party will never condemn its youth leaders publicly saying that such matters were dealt with internally.

Zuma said that the ANC leadership will continue to engage with Lekota and other dissatisfied members within the party.

He also said that his leadership will be meeting with other dissenting voices outside the party with a view to addressing some of the differences. He mentioned Archbishop Desmond Tutu as one of the people he will be meeting with. Tutu has been critical and lambasted the Zuma leadership of the ANC.

bmbanjwa@witness.co.za

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.