Jacob Zuma fighting fit after booing incident

2014-04-18 12:34

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President Jacob Zuma was in high spirits despite being booed earlier this week during a visit to Malamulele in Limpopo.

As he concluded his two-day visit to the province, Zuma took a swipe at opposition parties, saying they were making empty promises because they knew they could not win the elections.

Zuma addressed a mini-rally at Bakenberg Stadium outside Mokopane yesterday after conducting a door-to-door campaign in the Peter Mokaba region earlier in the day.

His stay in Limpopo, however, was not without drama as he was booed by agitated community members, some wearing ANC T-shirts, at a gathering in Malamulele the day before.

Read: Malamulele boos Zuma despite promises

Unlike in Malamulele, Zuma arrived in Bakenberg in high spirits and walked around the stadium, waving at the frenzied crowd.

In his address, Zuma warned his party supporters against what he said was a “trend to equate the ANC with other political parties or to undermine it and its contributions.

“The ANC is different from other political parties; it is a liberation movement. It is an organisation of the people,” he said.

“The ANC has a track record that you cannot doubt. It has proved that it is an organisation to be trusted. It is an organisation that believes in the interests of the people; that it is there to serve the people.”

Zuma said the ANC was a democratic movement, which elects its leaders in a process that starts at branch level every five years.

“Some of the leaders [of other parties] who speak today were never elected. Some were put in their positions by judges in courts but they talk too much as if they talk on behalf of the people when they are not in reality,” he said.

“Some have been leaders since their organisations were established but they talk a lot to an organisation that is democratic, practises democracy and has no problem of changing leadership when the need arises at all levels. Some, they cannot change but they profess to be democratic and they have a lot to say. They don’t look at themselves; how undemocratic they are.”

Zuma further warned against opposition parties and the promises they make, saying they would never be able to deliver on them.

“They love making empty promises, and to change that, and say it is the ANC that does so when it is not true. The promise we made indeed gets supported by the people of this country who vote for the ANC and we have been implementing what we promised to implement,” he said.

“It is high time that the citizens of this country see these parties for what they are. They are just political parties representing the minority interests. We represent the overwhelming majority, particularly of the poor people and the working class.

“The ANC has been here and it is going to continue to be here for a long time to come,” he said.

Zuma said the ANC had delivered in 20 years what many countries cannot deliver. “We do things that have never been done in other countries because we carry people’s interests at heart and we work to ensure that we change the quality of life of our people. No country in the world gives its poor citizens houses for free; it is only in South Africa by the ANC government,” Zuma said.

“We look after our old ones, our children who are poor and orphans and the number of people we are looking after is 16 million today – and it is not found in many countries.”

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