Will Zuma be back?

2012-05-17 08:05

Will South Africa have a new president in the near future, or will President Jacob Zuma lead us for a second term? It seems not even the president knows.

Addressing an audience of businesspeople and professionals at a breakfast in Bloemfontein this morning, Zuma said he often gets asked whether he will stand for a second term or not.

He said, however, this wasn’t for him to decide, but the ANC would pronounce on that.

“Now all of us when you join the ANC you expect the ANC to tell you what to do. And you are not respectful to defy the ANC when the ANC says there is a task, otherwise you are not a disciplined cadre,” he said.

“So there is no question that if the ANC says here is a task given to you, you cannot say ‘sorry, I cannot do the task’. That is disrespectful. Unless you have a specific reason, saying I am not qualified. But if the ANC says you are capable of doing it, you can’t say I cannot do it now.”

Zuma said although some people nowadays declare themselves available for positions, this was not the way the ANC did it.

“I cannot stand up and say I want to be president,” he said.

Zuma agreed it was “un-ANC” to stand up and say “I want to lead the organisation”.

He said: “Saying you want to lead the ANC is a new culture.”

Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema earlier this week declared that he would come back to lead the ANC.

Lobbyists close to Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale have also indicated that he is ready to run for ANC president.

Some within the ANC say Zuma has proved himself an incapable leader and he should be replaced at the party’s elective conference in Mangaung in December.

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