SACP concerned about Zuma attacks
Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal SA Communist Party (SACP) is concerned about sustained attacks on President Jacob Zuma.
"We would like to engage with the ANC - something needs to be done to stop such behaviour. We can no longer tolerate and sit on the sidelines while our president is being ridiculed," provincial secretary Themba Mthembu said on Monday.
The Sunday Times reported that suspended ANC Youth League president Julius Malema joined in songs that ridiculed Zuma at the ANC's Limpopo conference -labelling him the "shower man".
Supporters of Malema ally, Limpopo premier Cassel Mathale, sang "showara wa re sokodisa" - meaning 'the shower man is giving us a hard time'.
Malema sat on stage and "fervently joined in the singing, holding his hand over his head to symbolise a shower head" the newspaper reported.
The song was in reference to Zuma's 2006 rape trial in which he told the Johannesburg High Court that he had a shower after having unprotected sex with his HIV-positive accuser. Zuma was acquitted.
"The behaviour at Limpopo must make us to be very afraid. I have never seen such ill discipline, particularly directed at the president of the country," Mthembu said.
He said Zuma was the president of the country and he deserved to be respected by everyone.
"We want to remind the ANC that the president of the ruling party is the president of the country so when insults are hurled against him it brings down his dignity."
Provincial treasurer Mbuyiseni Mathonsi said the SACP was concerned that the insults against Zuma were not condemned by the leadership of the ruling party.
"Our concern is that this behaviour has never been condemned by those that got elected into the leadership of the ANC. They would have done the party a favour by at least standing up and condemning that kind of behaviour," Mathonsi said.