Zuma takes aim at opposition leaders

2016-07-14 11:20
President Jacob Zuma. (AFP)

President Jacob Zuma. (AFP)

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Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma took on opposition party leaders and critics of the party during the launch of the ANC's #CountdowntoVictory campaign on Wednesday night in Johannesburg, saying problems in his party were just like family quarrels.

"There are people in this country today who believe they can do what the ANC has done, they can't. You have got to have the history, the age, the experience; you must have gone through a lot of challenges and difficulties to run a country like South Africa," he told a crowd gathered for the event. 

"Other people speak very [loudly] and some very [angrily], it doesn't work. The people of this country know the ANC - it fought and liberated them."

Zuma said other parties simply copied from the ANC manifesto.

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He told ANC supporters gathered at the event that the media coverage of ANC supporters fighting for council seats ahead of local government elections was a sign that the ANC was democratic. 

"There are people laughing saying that councillors are fighting. The reason that you can see there are councillors who can fight and challenge the system and complain that the system was not followed tells you how matured we are. There is a democratic system. That is what distinguishes the ANC from the others."

Swipe at the DA

Zuma said people should understand that the ANC was a family which quarrels from time to time. 

"Even in a family of three people, there are quarrels. We are a huge family so we are bound to quarrel."

He then took a swipe at the DA and its leader Mmusi Maimane saying that the party was made up of apartheid leaders.

"Maybe you have forgotten, there use to be a party called the National Party, there was another party called the Progressive Party which was an opposition. They lived during apartheid. After we liberated ourselves they came together. 

"This name DA was an alliance between the NP and the PP. Now people have forgotten and they think it's a wonderful party. It's the only one of all the opposition which has the people who oppressed us still sitting in Parliament today... It's worse when you lead it," he said to cheers from the crowd.

Zuma then took jabs at Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota, United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa and Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, calling them disgruntled former ANC members who were kicked out of the ruling party.

'You can't form an organisation for revenge'

Referring to Lekota, Zuma said he has often asked ANC members how they could have let him be an ANC chairperson. 

"I have often asked someone, why we chose him as ANC chairperson. Were we sleeping at that time? I see him in Parliament he looks like he is losing his mind."

He said Holomisa was kicked out of the ANC for his sins against the party during the time of the ANC. 

"If you look at his party it's shrinking. It has shrunk almost to invisibility."

Zuma said Malema's party was filled with disgruntled ex ANC members who formed a party out of revenge. 

"He was kicked out and he came out angry. He is still angry today. I have never seen such a thing. Political parties are formed by politicians for political objections - you can't form an organisation for revenge. Therefore you can look and look again, there is no party to vote for if you are serious citizen of South African except the ANC."

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