‘I had a terrible dream that Zuma won’

2012-11-30 09:18

The ANC’s conference in Mangaung has two possible outcomes – a rebirth or a calamity, which will cause it to go the way of all liberation movements, said suspended Youth League secretary Sindiso Magaqa.

Magaqa was addressing thousands of young people who had gathered for a night vigil at the Jack Botes Hall in the Polokwane city centre, ahead of Julius Malema’s court appearance today.

“It has been proven through history that many liberation movements collapsed after 20 years”, he said, adding that he had a “terrible” dream that President Jacob Zuma would be re-elected party president in Mangaung.

“It was a terrible dream. If Zuma wins, 2014 will be the last time that the ANC wins an election. We will probably win by less than 60% and by 2019 we will be out.

“Those who pray must pray very hard and those who believe in ancestors must go and speak to them and plead with them that this should not be the end of the ANC.”

Magaqa laid into Zuma for spending more than R248 million of taxpayers’ money to upgrade his compound in Nkandla.

“Can you imagine taking R248 million of taxpayers and go and build your house. In that house comrades, there is a sports ground so that Jacob Zuma and his many kinds will play. There is a bunker.

“There is a clinic, you don’t have clinics in villages, but Jacob Zuma and his family have a clinic in their yard. Even Nelson Mandela, a very important person, doesn’t have a clinic. We are told by the media that there is even a spaza shop there and I don’t know why.”

Zuma, said Magaqa, lied in Parliament about having a bond on his Nkandla compound.

“I don’t know if he doesn’t know the difference between a bond and a loan.”

The Youth League’s suspended spokesperson Floyd Shivambu also spoke, saying the decision to charge Malema with money laundering was made by Zuma and Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Jeff Radebe.

“The decision was made in the highest office in the land ... because of Malema’s appeal.”

The leadership problems faced by the party would end in Mangaung as delegates would vote Zuma out, he said.

More than 5 000 young people descended on Polokwane to take part in the night vigil. Many of them wore T-shirts bearing the face of deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, with the words “dignified leadership, working for change and anti-tribalism” on them.

Some T-shirts showed the faces of the Youth League’s six preferred candidates for the ANC’s top six positions that will be up for grabs in Mangaung.

The youth league wants Motlanthe to replace Zuma as party leader. They want Fikile Mbalula to become secretary-general, Thenjiwe Mtintso deputy secretary-general, Thandi Modise chairperson, Mathews Phosa deputy president and Tokyo Sexwale treasurer-general.

The police have promised tough action against Malema supporters who break the law.

“No lawlessness will be tolerated and those who break the law will be arrested immediately. The police will be monitoring and patrolling the area in and around the court, the city centre and identified areas in Seshego.

The aim is to ensure peace and stability, with crowd control and monitoring of the situation,” police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

Some streets in and around the courts would be closed, said Mulaudzi, adding that a limited number of people as well as media members would be allowed into the court room.

“Tight control will be enforced by the police and members of the private security company at the court. No dangerous weapons, such as fire-arms, knives, pangas or knobkerries will be allowed into the court premises.”

- City Press

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