Beware of the enemy within, says Zuma

2012-10-12 14:35

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

“The enemy is always present in different guises, sizes and shapes,” he said today in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg.

“OR Tambo warned us all the time,” he said, referring to former ANC president Oliver Reginald Tambo, who had been quoted as saying: “beware of the enemy within; remain vigilant”.

Zuma 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 and negative attacks, the ANC had grown. During the party’s last elective conference in Polokwane in 2007, the ANC 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.”

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, while some held up two fingers to signify a second term.

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

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