50 faces of Zuma

2013-10-06 16:23
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Zuma implicated in Guptagate saga

2013-10-03 10:57

President Jacob Zuma has been implicated in Guptagate, according to a sworn affidavit by a senior air force official. Watch. WATCH

Johannesburg - The ANC’s top brass have ordered President Jacob Zuma to be the face of more than 50 successful infrastructure projects before the end of his first term.

City Press said on Sunday this was contained in a document submitted to the party’s lekgotla held in July.

The party insists it is not worried about the scandals hanging over Zuma’s head - Guptagate, the public protector’s pending Nkandla report and the DA’s spy-tapes court bid.

It is placing its faith in Zuma to regain its two-thirds majority in next year’s general elections.

Both the party’s big election machines - labour federation Cosatu and the ANC Youth League - are grappling with internal problems, so all eyes will be on Zuma to lead the charm offensive and secure millions of ballot crosses.

It has also jacked up its election campaign by appointing former youth league leader and Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba as the party’s election head in the place of underperforming Deputy Correctional Services Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi.

Meeting documents show that Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, speaking at the ANC’s July national lekgotla, recommended that, where possible, Zuma “should lead” the unveiling of projects that were “announcement ready”.

In the ANC NEC’s Lekgotla Bulletin – a summary of presentations made at the July semi-annual meeting and available online – projects that are announcement ready are described as major projects on which a decision had been made, completed in part or completed in full.

The NEC member said one of the reasons Gigaba was chosen was that he could link his work on government infrastructure with elections. Gigaba, as public enterprises minister, oversees many of government’s big building projects.

NEC member Lindiwe Zulu, who was at the forefront of communicating the party’s 2009 elections campaign, said: “At the end of the day, the challenges never end. Today it is Zuma; tomorrow it is something else.”

She added that the ANC’s campaign was not centred on individuals. As the party and the country’s president, “Zuma is the carrier of the message of the ANC”, she said.

Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association chair Kebby Maphatsoe said negative allegations against Zuma would only win the ANC more votes.

“We have confidence in the leadership of Zuma and he is the face of the ANC in the election. There is no other face, so all these dirty campaigns won’t work, but they will make him more popular. You can’t fool our people.”

Read more on:    anc  |  lindiwe zulu  |  jacob zuma  |  malusi gigaba  |  elections 2014  |  politics

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