‘Understand the three pillars of power’ – Zuma

2016-11-23 06:01
President Jacob Zuma.

President Jacob Zuma.

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PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma, who is also the president of the ANC, called on the party’s members, volunteers and cadres to understand the true meaning of the three pillars of power for them to understand true freedom.

Zuma, who was speaking at a cadres' forum in KwaDukuza Town Hall on Saturday, said these pillars of power, which support the state, are political, and economic power and security of the state.

He said through political power one can gain control of the second pillar of power (economic power) and the third (security).

The president said this is why the party should thrive to regain its two-thirds majority as this would mean it has the political power to fast track economic transformation in the interest of the majority of the previously disadvantaged.

With regards to security, Zuma said major security companies operating within the country are foreign-owned which is a concern considering that these companies are heavily armed and have intelligence on state security.

He said "monopoly companies," which do not contribute to the local economy as they are foreign-owned, are “hell bent” on weakening the ruling party's grip on power and that one of the ways these companies seeks to achieve this is by funding opposition parties or "buying out" individuals seen as influential when it comes to policy making.

President Zuma stated that plans to weaken the ANC as a ruling party are exacerbated by the fact that the country chose to join BRICS.
He said those calling for him to step down are waging an attack on the organisation by striking it at the head, adding that his successor would also be "attacked" just like he and his predecessors - Mandela and Mbeki - were also attacked.

"Democracy does not only mean the right to vote, but it also includes the right to control the economy, and the right to protect your own country. Remember, there are three pillars, if you do not have a hold of all of these, you will continue to suffer just like we are suffering now," president Zuma said.

ANC KZN chairperson Sihle Zikalala congratulated the party's Greater KwaDukuza Region for an impressive performance at the polls during this year's local government elections.

However, he said after 100 days since the inauguration of the district's council, its constituency, particularly people from KwaMaphumulo, Ndwedwe and the outskirts of Mandeni, will want answers from district mayor Sduduzo Gumede as to how he plans to resolve the challenges around the availability and provision of water to these areas.

Zikalala said KwaDukuza residents would need answers to questions pertaining to free government housing and job creation.

He said KwaMaphumulo communities would not only want answers regarding water supply, but they would need their mayor Matozi Khuzwayo-Dlamini, to inform them how she intends to progress in the local agricultural sector.

He said Isithebe residents, in Mandeni, would also need their mayor Siphesihle Zulu, to tell them when government housing would be rolled out for the first time in the area.

Zikalala said people from Ndwedwe would want to know what plans does the mayor have to eradicate poverty in that area.

“I’m saying this because as we are celebrating, there are certain things that we are not happy about. We are not happy that in the local [KwaDukuza] former Indian areas we did not win all the wards and that is something we have to do away with and win all of them. There are some that we won, two of them. We are not happy that at Ndwedwe there is one ward that we could not win,” Zikalala said.

Elaborating on the latter, he said the familial ties between the outgoing councillor and the candidate nominated to contest elections cost the party that particular ward.

“These are weaknesses we must address in the organisation. We cannot live with a situation where if you are a leader you will make an arrangement over who will be your successor or want to tell people in the ward who you are handing the reigns over to,” he said.

He said he hopes that the provincial committee set up to examine the election of councillors would look into that particular ward and ensure that this is not repeated in future elections.

Zikalala said the party must be cognisant that being proficient, delivering quality services and creating jobs would result in it leading in the majority of the areas within the province.

“Another thing that will build up the ANC and ensure it is victorious going forward and is relevant to the people, is the unity of the party. No one will want to associate themselves with us if we have internal conflicts in our branches . No one will want to associate with us if we do not restore the dignity borne from our stability,” he said.

ANC Greater KwaDukuza Region chairperson and KwaDukuza mayor Ricardo Mthembu thanked the cadres, members and volunteers who packed the town hall to its rafters for showing the determination to protect the organisation, and for preparing it to take on its “enemies head on as they, the enemies, want to see the party brought to its knees”.

“I think when they [enemies] see you [referring to the crowd] they are shocked because they think Congress will be brought to its knees, when they see us [gathered] like this, it sends a strong message to them,” Mthembu said.

Democracy does not only mean the right to vote, but it also includes the right to control the economy, and the right to protect your own country. Remember, there are three pillars, if you do not have a hold of all of these, you will continue to suffer just like we are suffering now.

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