Zuma ‘here to stay’

2016-12-19 12:57
President Jacob Zuma with his brother, Simphiwe (left), walking toward the marquee on Sunday at Impendle where thousands of people warmly welcomed them.

President Jacob Zuma with his brother, Simphiwe (left), walking toward the marquee on Sunday at Impendle where thousands of people warmly welcomed them. (Thabang Mathebula)

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President Jacob Zuma is not going anywhere and those who are working hard for him to be removed won’t succeed.

According to KZN ANC chairperson, Sihle Zikalala, Zuma will finish both his stint as the party leader until 2017 and as the country’s commander-in-chief up to the 2019 elections.

“He will lead us. If there is anyone wishing the opposite we wish he would calm down, grab a bottle of cold water and relax.

“He is here as the president of the country until he completes his term … We have no reason to doubt President Zuma’s leadership,” he said.

Zikalala said this on Sunday while introducing Zuma at the annual celebration of the AmaNxamalala Trust, which is an annual Zuma clan gathering to celebrate their founder Inkosi Matomela.

The commemoration coincided with the 10-year reign of Impendle Inkosi Simphiwe Zuma, who is the president’s brother.

Addressing thousands of people in a packed marquee, including traditional leaders and government officials, the president urged the community and those who are in authority to respect one another.

Giving spiritual guidance about respect, Zuma cited Exodus 20 verse 12 that says: “Honour your father and mother. Then you will live a long life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

“A person who respects gets the same respect in return. Respect is emphasised by God Himself. Respect is the first lesson.

“Deeds speak louder than words you utter … If you respect, you have a bright future.”

Zuma said that respect starts at home.

He said people who are put in positions, like chiefs, should be respected by the community.

Leaders must earn their respect by reciprocating the same respect to the people they are leading, the president said.

“When we respect each other we are doing the will of God.

“I’m emphasising this matter because respect is diminishing while we should be growing it.

“When two people are in conflict, there are correct avenues to resolve it. You don’t embarrass one another in public,” he said.

The president urged men to respect women, and also discouraged people from drinking and driving.

In his speech, Zuma’s brother also suggested that the government should take strong action against those who drink and drive.

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