ANC in KZN mustn't be arrogant - Zuma

2012-05-11 13:22

Newcastle - President Jacob Zuma warned ANC members in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday not to become arrogant because of the province's strength within the ruling party.

"Being a leading ANC province comes with many challenges," he told delegates at the party's provincial congress in Newcastle.

"Behave in a manner which is not factional... Behave in a manner devoid of any arrogance because of your strength."

Set an example

Zuma said the province needed to set an example for the rest of the African National Congress.

"Other provinces will be looking at this province on issues affecting the ANC... the province must lead by example."

KwaZulu-Natal, Zuma's home province and biggest support base, is the ANC's strongest province with 252 668 members.

Zuma urged delegates to focus on the party's policies during the weekend congress, and how to put them into practice - not on the succession debate.

"You do not start (a conference) by discussing the leadership."

Earlier, Zuma received a thunderous welcome from delegates.

As Zuma walked towards the stage, accompanied by provincial chairperson Zweli Mkhize and Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, the crowd roared his name and stomped their feet.

"Zuma, Zuma, Zuma," reverberated around the Newcastle Show Hall. Delegates sang songs in support of Zuma.

Suspended police commissioner Bheki Cele arrived to a warm greeting on Friday. As he walked through the crowd delegates chanted "Ndosi", his clan name.

Transport minister and national executive committee (NEC) member Sbu Ndebele and NEC member Bathabile Dlamini also attended the congress.

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  • Piet - 2012-05-11 13:32

    LOL, the whole ANC are arrogant! Etolls, Info Bill, Cadre deployement....

      Squeegee - 2012-05-11 13:36

      This is the sort of thing you say when you have nothing to say.

      Christopher - 2012-05-11 13:43

      ANC in KZN mustn't be arrogant - Zuma Too late for that.

  • Piet - 2012-05-11 13:33

    Leading ANC province, what is that suppose to mean?

      siyadyosiba - 2012-05-11 13:46

      membership, i guess

      Anthony - 2012-05-11 13:50

      top of the a$$hole list?

  • Nigel - 2012-05-11 13:35

    ANC and 'example' ??? Terrible choice of words in the same sentence. Example of how to destroy a country?

  • Rofhiwa - 2012-05-11 13:39

    President Zuma for 2nd term!!!

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-11 13:41

    Nigel, you are wrong. the cANCer are a great bad-example. today Home Affairs Minister (Nog'n Zuma)published in the newspapers that there are tens of thousand of people with duplicate ID numbers, go figure...

  • Mlamli - 2012-05-11 13:42

    Lets us wait and see if KZN will stil be the ANC stronghold after Mangaung

  • James - 2012-05-11 13:43

    Lead by example !!! why dont they all marry 8 wives!! By the way, they always have been arrogant and will continue to do so. At least i have had a laugh. hahaha comedy central friday!!!!

  • Dennis - 2012-05-11 13:47

    "Behave in a manner devoid of any arrogance " Rich coming from the most arrogant of all !!!

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-05-11 13:50

    Lead by Example???? OK Mr President. Now can you also tell them in KZN to do as you do, marry many wives, shower after unprotected sex, make many babies, cheat with your friend's daughter, unlawfuly appoint your cronies in Strategic positions. Must I go on?

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