SA is not the ANC's 'private plaything' - academic

2015-11-09 11:33
President Jacob Zuma. (Elizabeth Sejake, City Press)

President Jacob Zuma. (Elizabeth Sejake, City Press)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pretoria - South Africa cannot be seen by the ANC to be their "private plaything", an academic has said following President Jacob Zuma's comments that the party comes before the country. 

"South Africa is not the private plaything or the piggy bank of the ANC. That cannot be the way we look at things in South Africa," University of Pretoria politics lecturer Roland Henwood told News24 on Monday. 

"The comments, if [Zuma] said them, are shocking and unconstitutional. South Africa is a constitutional democracy. The president has taken an oath of office... and no organisation is above the constitution." 

News24 reported that Zuma was speaking in his capacity as ANC president at the party's KwaZulu-Natal elective conference on Saturday when he made the remarks. "I argued one time with someone who said the country comes first and I said as much as I understand that I think my organisation, the ANC, comes first," said Zuma.

"Because those people, if they are not part of the ANC and there was no ANC they could be misled. They could be under... oppression forever."

VIP plane

Henwood said Zuma's comments could provide some understanding of the recent news that Armscor, the defence ministry's procurement agency,  is planning to buy Zuma a new plane that could cost as much as R4 billion.

He said this was not the type of message to send to the whole of South Africa. 

"They [government] say, 'there is no money for this or no money for that', and say that South Africans have to 'tighten their belts', when this is a massive amount to spend on one person. 

"It sends the wrong message in this difficult time in South Africa. It is over the top compared to other countries."

Henwood said some could argue that Zuma was taking a more global role and needed to appear as a world leader. 

"What about him being the president of South Africa?"

Read more on:    jacob zuma  |  government spending

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.