MKMVA come to Zuma’s defence

2012-10-25 00:00

THE Mkhonto Wesizwe Military Veterans’ Association (MKMVA) in KwaZulu-Natal came to the defence of President Jacob Zuma yesterday, saying it would defend him against the insults and attacks he faced.

Provincial secretary Nhlanhla Maphumulo told a press conference in Durban that Zuma is under siege, with some attacks coming from national leaders who compromised the collective decisions of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC).

Maphumulo said they did not understand why the ANC leadership failed to defend their president from attacks within and beyond South Africa.

Provincial chairperson Themba Mavundla said the ANC should take action against Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula for recent derogatory statements attributed to him about Zuma.

“If he can insult the highest office of the ANC, he is as ill-disciplined as his buddies like [former ANC Youth League president Julius] Malema. He must see his way out of the organisation. In fact … we say he must resign [or] the ANC must take action. It must not wait for Mangaung,” he said.

Maphumulo said they would nominate Zuma to retain the party’s presidency and wanted Kgalema Motlanthe, Gwede Mantashe and Baleka Mbete to retain their positions as deputy president, secretary-general and national chairperson respectively. However, they wanted treasurer-general Mathews Phosa and deputy secretary-general Thandi Modise to be replaced by KZN premier and provincial ANC chairperson Zweli Mkhize and Jessie Duarte respectively. MKMVA provincial treasurer Linda Mbuthu said Phosa had defended the expelled Malema.

Mavundla said it was not yet time for Motlanthe, who some want to contest the presidency, to lead the ANC. “We still see him as deputy president. If he feels that his time is now, the MKMVA will endorse Cyril Ramaphosa,” he said.


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