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Beware of the enemy within, Zuma warns ANC

2012-10-12 22:11

Johannesburg - The ANC had to beware of the enemy within its organisation, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

"The enemy is always present... in different guises, sizes and shapes," Zuma said in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg.

"OR Tambo warned us all the time," he said, referring to former African National Congress president Oliver Tambo, who was quoted as saying: "Beware of the enemy within; remain vigilant".

Zuma, who is the current ANC president, was addressing the elective conference of the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association (MKMVA).

He told delegates there were "alien tendencies" within the organisation. These were factionalism, lobbying for positions, ill-discipline, fraud and corruption, gate-keeping and bulk-buying of members.

"We shouldn't allow the organisation to be destroyed in front of our own eyes."

Zuma said people "burning the house in defence of those inside the house" should be stopped.

"There are people who don't like this revolution and are trying to destroy it."

However, even in the face of bitter, negative attacks, the ANC had grown. During the ANC's elective conference in Polokwane in 2007, the party had about 600 000 members, he said.

"When we [ANC leaders] finish this term as we are now, we will have fulfilled the desires of [past] leaders, that when we celebrate the centenary we must be a million members. We are more."

Propaganda the enemy

Earlier, MKMVA members welcomed Zuma, singing songs expressing their support for him to serve a second term as ANC president.

"We will walk with Zuma all the way to Mangaung," they intoned. Some held up two fingers, to signify a second term.

ANC Youth League deputy president Ronald Lamola was also at the conference.

Zuma said propaganda was also an enemy of the ANC, in that it was portrayed that everyone in the ANC was corrupt.

The ANC was trying to fight crime and corruption.

"Our enemy is crime and corruption," he said. "The ANC, through government, is working to deliver a blow to crime and corruption."

Unity within the ANC was an imperative.

"Unity will... ensure the reality of the goals of the democratic revolution," said Zuma.

The party's current leadership had spent the past five years working for unity and renewal of the organisation and to restore core values of the movement.

"The task is on-going and calls upon all of us to prepare ourselves for the task ahead," said Zuma.

The times had changed and with them the problems facing the party.

"Our revolution is facing challenges... they will test our tenacity and strength.

"History will judge us harshly if we do not address these challenges with the sense of urgency they deserve," he said.

It was within this context that Zuma asked the MKMVA delegates if they understood what the "urgent task" was.

"If your answer is yes, then I am happy," he told them.

The MKMVA will elect its new leadership at its three-day conference, which ends on Sunday.

Comments
  • kaapse.skollie.7 - 2012-10-12 22:23

    Err... I thought the enemy within was expelled already. Or is it the devil? Or if it's someone corrupt... Wonder who that could be... Oh, I give up.

      amanda.vandenberg.758 - 2012-10-13 07:49

      JZ is becoming paranoid, he realizes his time is running out, all those that have realized how useless he is, is the enemy.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-14 18:51

      What is he talking about? Oh, he was contacted at home, busy as he is with all the wives, trips aboard etc.. to say that there might be trouble at the office. Quick as a flash, his speech-writer scribbles a few lines, and da president makes his speech. eish......

  • Successful Nhlamulo Mabilane - 2012-10-12 22:25

    Zuma u think can run ANC alone, ooops with Gwede Mantashe,JMthembu, ooops wheres Bheki Cele? ooops fired, Zuma my president but now is enough

  • ajloubser - 2012-10-12 22:51

    This head line should be more like beware of the depiction of the spear within the depiction of our aaases by the spear... It is a bit unfair to depict Zoooom (as in "zoooom" goes the tax payers cash in the pocket)as the shower head, as his rape victim was really the one who had a good scrub in the shower, and really the whole county (victims) should be scrubbing after that spear has been within them.

  • blip.noodlum - 2012-10-12 22:59

    O.R. Tambo, way back in 1985, promised that "we would make this country ungovernable". So, President Zuma, there's the man to blame for the growing mess you are expected to govern today. And you, Mr President, are failing most horribly. Your promises are hollow, your achievements are zero, your challenges have all blown out into full-scale crises and the cadres you have deployed are virtually all as competent as a dog driving a bulldozer.

  • andre.spies.94 - 2012-10-12 23:00

    how does the fraudster fight fraud or the corruptor corruption?

  • firmsly.kabelo - 2012-10-12 23:09

    Zuma,Zuma please stop it. Since you were elected to head this adminstration most of your comrades looted the public funds,corruption has increase in ANC. Recently your Comrades in Mpumalanga and Kwazulu-Natal have just inflated the membership of the party. What do you say about this?

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-10-12 23:11

    The usual B S from the usual Bull S*itter !

  • sphala - 2012-10-12 23:17

    You're the enemy Mr President...who are you to judge, so stop right there cause you embarrass yourself.

  • pedrosa.matjeni - 2012-10-12 23:20

    Honestly speaking mr president you are the one who brought division within the ANC during Polokwane conference.The Zuma camp recalled the former president Thabo Mbeki,now its your time to go.Who is corrupt and the enemy?You have reached your sell by date,its time to let go.

  • Tshepo Gwamanda - 2012-10-12 23:22

    So who's the enemy from within!!!? The one exposing corruption and tender rigging!!? Thuli Madonsela must be careful!!! Her days are numbered!!!! Remember what they did to the scorpions!!!???? hhhhhmmmm!!!!!!

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-10-12 23:56

      Pray not Tshepo!

  • Paul Mphap - 2012-10-12 23:39

    zuma, u r disgusting us! u r corrupt....u like skirts...and u r unconstitutional (simelane issue). so pls shut up....eintlik malema is right about u!

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-12 23:58

    Sounds like a Church Service.... beware of the wolf in sheeps clothing beware of the evil spirits beware of fallen angels Yep? it is a church service alright! Zuma is now not only the New King of the Zulu's he is now the new pope of the Church of Satin. Do tell us ohh great and all knowing leader of South Africa's cANCer party who it is that are the bad apples, or in this case the good apples.....?????

  • roland.slater.7 - 2012-10-13 00:06

    The Maths says Zuma is going to win (KZN, Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga) is already enough. This is all good for the opposition, and that's all that matters. Zuma wins the leadership, the uneducated miners boycott the election, the DA doubles their support (with extra help from the educated black middle class) and we get more balance, we buy 5 more years, our credit rating climbs, investors pour in, and the slow but sure programme of transformation runs its course - preventing the socialist revolution, which will inevitably run EVERYTHING into the ground. Within our lifetime (hopefully) all CAN be equal in SA - but lest we not do it the leftwings way...Motlanthe wins, Malema is back, DA still gets lots of votes but they arrest Mazibuko, De Lille, Zille and any other "COUNTER-REVOLUTIONARY" and take away freedom of speech... I never thought I would hope Zuma can hold out...but all the better for SA in the long run. The difference between animals and humans is that humans can look ahead and see the bigger picture...

      roland.slater.7 - 2012-10-13 00:09

      Very important to note that there is no racial-inferences regarding the referrence to "Animals" - that's definitely not how I roll...

      bongane.zwane.948 - 2012-10-13 01:17

      A merging of Cope, ID and DA would win back Country.

  • legodi.jacob - 2012-10-13 00:16

    I thought ANC was united...i was wrong. There are enemies within....

      james.hurley.1401 - 2012-10-13 12:22

      The ANC itself is its own worst enemy. The people are tired of empty rhetoric, and it will be worse under Malema.

  • Jacques - 2012-10-13 00:54

    That hilarious moment when someone misinterprets a quote in such a way to exactly NOT heed the warning he is misinterpreting...

  • jacque.raymer - 2012-10-13 01:04

    cANCer madness... they all have this desease, its spreading worse than aids and doing far more harm, and it seems there is also no cure, it will simply continue to destroy this once beautifull country ...

  • mista.brown1 - 2012-10-13 01:19

    enemy number one: zuma. how about that?

  • christopher.collings.9 - 2012-10-13 01:50

    Like snakes eating themselves from within! I love watching the fall of the anc!!!! Sit back & watch them kill each other! Viva anc viva hahahahahahaha!!!!!

  • kalan.job - 2012-10-13 01:50

    Don't tell us u are irrelevant

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-13 01:53

    I started commenting for the reason that i saw the blacks being oppressed in the marikana incident,so i stood for them. But having experiencd SA,i can say the blacks are just as guilty.and blameworthy for the same behaviour they accused the whites of during apartheid.Theres nothng to stand for anymore.The talk at the top is evrything you wana hear.but the diff between east and west from the walk.

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-13 02:29

    And its criminal that the children and the poor will suffer at the hands of the unconcious and irresponsible few at the top.

      matome.moses.1 - 2012-10-13 05:42

      The stubborn Pres..must juqt call it quit n c how this lovly country will recover from the current disturbing situatioon..He has tried but unfortunately he brought us the worst expected..Sorry Zulu boy..!

  • Loyiso Ntsewu - 2012-10-13 03:26

    if anything bad happens in this country...ANC will be the first to be blamed

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-10-13 03:59

    Pot calling the kettle.......

      fort.horseman.7 - 2012-10-13 14:24

      Sometimes the pot gets.....due to the contents of the kettle.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-10-13 04:26

    Jacob Zuma fighting corruptio! .oh NO. its blue lie.The problem at Luthuli house is Zuma himself. The guy cannot lead.is seen by many as a tribalist

      mangata.manthata1 - 2012-10-13 04:57

      The u talking, I salute u, srs those are my words, illiterate jacob zuma.

      sam.ntshangase - 2012-10-13 15:39

      Cheap politics of Malema,JZs cabinet is represented all provinces compared to Mbeki so where is tribalism there

  • Tshepo Gwamanda - 2012-10-13 05:52

    You know I liked uMbeki, he was a true leader indeed! Never afraid to take decisive actions against anybody who was not in line with his view point otherwise you will not be able to lead in the same direction if there was elements that seemed to disagree from within!! He fired Mathew Phosa, Cyril Ramaphosa and Tokyo because there was rumours that they were planning to overthrow him! He got rid of Winnie Mandela because she was a divisive element within the party, he fired Vusi Pikoli, the then deputy minister of health for insubordination I can go on and on!!!! Mbeki took decisive actions against his enemies from within!!!!!

      Jason Children - 2012-10-13 06:40

      Mbeki was the biggest fence sitter ever. he was never in the country dealing with important issues he was always overseas. the absent prez! Motlanthe was good for me as a Zuma replacement until he started being supported by ANCYL and made comments about Nationalization.

  • ron.samuels.129 - 2012-10-13 05:54

    how come your enemy Malema is still walking free and can even leave the country? What a useless president,ANC,government and law inforcement!

      russell.l.tait - 2012-10-13 06:11

      Well said.

      raymond.sigauke - 2012-10-13 06:50

      Hands off my leader u hav personal isue with malema

  • russell.l.tait - 2012-10-13 06:10

    De Klerk......you f$%îng idiot...

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2012-10-13 06:12

    Look who's talking about fraud and corruption. If I had money, will surely bulk buy the votes for change, hope someone does. We reaaly need a president who understand global markets and economics, u cannot always be fed with vital issues.

  • Erna - 2012-10-13 06:18

    One thing that is very clear after reading all these posts. The people of SA do not approve of Jacob Zuma and yet we seem to have absolutely no choice but to accept him for a second term! And they call this a democracy! He is elected by a select few, who he will then owe, and who will the get high positions in government - watch this space!

  • jola.jose.7 - 2012-10-13 06:29

    You are the enemy no one,I never hear a corrupt president like you in the history of this country

  • motleleng - 2012-10-13 06:30

    OR was talking about you, you moronic night goblet, you scared? KARMA JZ, KARMA

  • Brian Dorning - 2012-10-13 06:36

    You and your corrupt party are the enemy within SA! It should be common for ALL politicians to take polygraph tests to prove their honesty! At the moment its just one shady person calling the next shady person shady!

      Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-10-13 07:14

      They'll all fail!

  • Isaac Peter - 2012-10-13 06:48

    zuma doesn't this remind u of the time when u did the same to Thabo, he was not fussing like u, why R u making a fuss don't u wanna let go of power is the another repeat of Zim and Libiya story

  • phuti.hlako - 2012-10-13 06:49

    dmn.. that's exactly hyenaSheep's words..

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-10-13 06:51

    Beware of the one that takes hundreds of millions of taxpayers money and squanders it on his personal homestead and herd of cows, while many are starving without homes schools and basic medical facilities. Then has the audacity to point his dictorial finger at others.

  • rudi.strydom2 - 2012-10-13 06:56

    Pretty mush the same as on this block. If im am saying Zuma is a poor leader and the ANC is corruped i will get the thumps up. If i say otherwise i will get the thumps down. It is all a matter of knowing who you are talking to and tell them what they want to hear. That is the way Zuma operates and that is the way the ANC operates and that is the way Malema operates Tell the masses what they want to hear and meantime back at the ranch....well??

  • mart.botha - 2012-10-13 06:58

    Who is this ANC he speaks of....the ANC of Oliver Tambo does not exist anymore. This 'shapeshifter'(read ANC) has mutated from being a warrior to a thief in the night who is stealing the dreams and aspirations of millions. It is not propoganda when it is generally accepted that the anc government has failed miserably. He's right though when he alludes to the fact that they are their own worst enemy....the majority of the people have no appetite for revolution, their hunger is for delivery. Fortunately there is plenty of time for they ANC to tarnish their own credibility even further before the next elections. At least 35 of every 50 potential voter in SA is not a member of the ANC and I predict they are going to lose many more come their conference and the calamity that will ensue.

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-10-13 06:58

    Very good sentiments mr president, words whose true import could only be understood by those who lived in the COLD ERA, '...the enemy within.'\r\nBut that enemy, well defined by you, has consumed your party mr president, and is threating the future of this country. That is unless you do something drastic. Something like appointing a right person to the top NPA position and firing all dead wood in the cabinet. I know you can do it - you have given us the most fearless Public Protector ever, are on record as the only president who ever fired a dead wood minister.\r\nI also think your party must give you a second chance as their top guy, not because you did a sterling work in past five years, but I fear there are barbarians in your movement who must be kept at bay.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-13 07:07

    The ANC took over with a great leader and lots of potential. Then the rot set in and ANC we have today is not the ANC of 1994. The people are forgotten, the promises are forgotten. Now its all about self interest and wealth accumulation, at any cost, regardless of law or morality. Empires fall because men are weak, greedy, lecherous, dishonest and stupid. The Nate held on for 40 some years, Mugabe has held on for 30 years, Gaddafi, Castro etc. The ANC is on its way out, its just a matter of time.

  • Londiwe Pumkin Ndlovu - 2012-10-13 07:13

    Wat president Zuma is doing in his spare tym is really not our business,so plz let focus on politic and lv the man's private lyf alone. Zuma we behind u all the way to Mangaung.

      Erna - 2012-10-13 07:22

      You seem to be in the minority here.

      phello.khiba - 2012-10-14 20:52

      may its only zulu's with their private,jet n their hollywood..in durban 2 hell with privacy.

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-10-13 07:13

    Mkmva delegates r made out of oldcrooks n they will vote u in mangaung cos ur one n the same :::ONE:::

  • john.cryink - 2012-10-13 07:14

    cANCer is the enemy has been like that since 1912

  • khselolo - 2012-10-13 07:22

    Look who is talking about corruption and enemy within, hence is the one who created all these. Untill you came to power we never knew how to spell corruption. Shame on you.

  • tlatsi.laps - 2012-10-13 07:28

    The enemy within the party are those that disagree with him.Those that express their dissatisfaction against him are enemies.If there was a true enemy in the ANC then it is people like him who are so myopic that start to realize now that there are factions within the party when they went tom Polokwane and created the biggest faction that continues to kill the party from within. It is people like who do not want to stand trial for the arms deal that continue to say they are fighting crime.I continues to be people like him who continue to appoint controversial individuals like NPA chief and his predecessor who is now and acting judge as a reward for bailing him out of the arms deal saga.Our president remains unqualified to speak of fighting corruption when he remains vigilant to continue to refuse to have his day in court. His appointments to key positions are disgusting to say the list.The appointment of the Director of Public Prosecutions,Acting judge Mokotedi Mpye ,unconstitutional extension of the former chief justice and the appointment of the chief justice remains true to the fact he does not want to have his day in court. He will continue to abuse a platform of being the president to push his own agenda of deviding the ANC further because his puppets who are holding on to him because they get a slice of bread are in agreement with for they know that the will have nothing to eat shout he stand trial or not become the ANC president.I that we a rational president.

  • mshiniboys - 2012-10-13 07:33

    The enemy within the ANC is the culture of incompetency brought in by gangsters and gun wielding crooks who infiltrated the party after the Mandela era.These people spend time drafting hit lists to eliminate and silence people instead of focusing on helping the country imrpove lives of the nation.

      esrom.mohlolo - 2012-10-13 21:52

      Mshiniboys you are 100percent correct our movement is no longer a movement that hav the interests of poor masses at heart,is now a ticket to wealthy life,corruption has taken its tall.I cannot believe what is happening within my ANC.

  • tlatsi.laps - 2012-10-13 07:47

    Mr President stop using state agencies to settle your political scores,your ministers are ensuring that individuals are charged to stand trial while you do not want to have your day in court.Be bold and lead by example let the court be the one to vindicate from the charges of the arms deal.Stop saying there is an enemy in the party that brings factions and corruption when you know that the biggest rift within the party was caused by you b4 Polokwane.Have a taste of your own medicine.You yourself must be prosecuted .You need to appear before court and tell them how did you acquire the tapes from NIA and is that legally admissible evidence that can be tested in a court of law or were they corruptly acquired.Why are you up to today not prepared to stand trial.I wish that history can repeat itself and relieve what happens to Augusto Pinochet .You cannot hold power wrongly for good and one day you will be prosecuted.I wish you live long so that all of us can witness when finally you will be answerable for your d.....

  • MrSerenador - 2012-10-13 08:09

    You all welcome to state your opinions,but for those who wish for a DA take,they are dreaming,they will go with that wish to the grave because ANC is still going to rule for a very very long time and we are not that stupid to let a white person to step on our heads again yet.Maybe,if a new black led party with disciplined leadership that has no other interest except to serve the masses,that will be the only potential to remove us as the ruling party in this country.Viva ANC Viva, down with DA,FF,ID,NDCP down,Gedleyihlekisa lead us to the 2nd transion nkokheli yam

  • tjaart.j.rensburg - 2012-10-13 08:13

    Hey you jerk!!! We are not as stupid as your orcish hordes!! Please stop making these glorified statements that mean nothing! You are THE MOST CORRUPT AND INEPT OF THEM ALL!!! I don't believe you, don't trust and sure as hell don't respect you!! You live in a Delusion of Adequacy!!

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-10-13 08:17

    You wouldn't recognize a revolution if it walked up and bit your leg off. The corruption - and tenderpreneurship, and moral decay, and crime and lack of accountability - you refer to is ALL within your own ranks but whilst spending our money on your house, your wives and your pleasures you have the cheek to talk about revolution. Or is that revulsion?

  • lazarus.masilela - 2012-10-13 08:18

    Zuma is the ANC enemy that Mbeki was referring to prior to Polokwane.But he is biased to acknowledge it.