Zuma woos black professionals

2013-08-04 16:40

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Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma is wooing black professionals and opinion makers back into the ANC’s fold ahead of next year’s elections, City Press reports.

And several high-profile figures who have been out in the cold are responding to his call – among them former Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) and Black Management Forum (BMF) boss Jimmy Manyi; disgraced former national director of public prosecutions Menzi Simelane; and businesswoman Danisa Baloyi, who cooked her political goose by backing Thabo Mbeki ahead of the ANC’s Polokwane conference in 2007.

The three are among the founding members of the Progressive Professionals Forum (PPF), whose launch Zuma addressed in Sandton on Friday night.

Zuma used Friday night’s platform to tell the forum’s members that he wanted to hear their voice on economic transformation and political developments, saying "democratic forces" had taken a back seat in South Africa’s public discourse.

The organisation was launched in Gauteng, where the ANC is facing a strong challenge from the opposition DA.

Research commissioned by the ANC in Gauteng suggests the party there is "in real danger of not making the 60% mark, and possibly only hitting the mid-50s".

PPF general secretary Siphile Buthelezi said the organisation is not an arm of the ANC.

“We are group of professionals who want to play a meaningful role in creating a better South Africa for all.

Yes, the majority of the founders of PPF are ANC supporters, but it doesn’t mean that if you are affiliated to a different political party you are not welcome.

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