An ‘attack on Zuma is an attack on the ANC’ – KwaZulu-Natal stands by its man

ANC provincial secretary Super Zuma. Picture: Mlungisi Mbele
ANC provincial secretary Super Zuma. Picture: Mlungisi Mbele
The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has reiterated its backing of President Jacob Zuma in the wake of last Friday’s high court judgment overturning the 2009 withdrawal of corruption charges against him by the National Prosecuting Authority.

Provincial secretary Super Zuma told a media briefing in Durban today – which was called to discuss the governing party’s level of preparedness for the coming local government elections – that the president of the republic and the ANC had “at this stage” not been charged with anything.

Super Zuma said that while the response to the ruling against Jacob Zuma in the North Gauteng High Court was a “national” matter, the ANC in the province stood by its leader and believed in the principle of innocence until guilt was proven.

He said that an “attack [on] President Zuma is an attack [on] the ANC”, and linked the charges against the president to a domestic and international agenda by the West and its local allies to undermine the ANC in and outside government because of the country’s foreign policy positions and involvement in the Brics bloc.

Super Zuma refused to be drawn on whether the KwaZulu-Natal ANC would take to the streets if the president were charged again, saying the provincial leadership would take that decision only after charges were brought against him.

On readiness for elections, he said the ANC had completed its 11 regional list conferences, but still had “pockets of concern” where disputes had arisen over the party’s choice of candidates.

He said the recent meeting of the provincial executive committee had “noted” that there were still complaints in a “few wards” of the 870 it would be contesting in the province. He added that the selection process had “gone very well except in a few areas”.

Zuma declined to comment on detailed questions about disputes in eThekwini in areas including uMlazi and Folweni, saying that to do so would force him to field questions on all the wards the governing party would contest in August.

The party would hold provincial and national list conferences, at which lists would be adjusted to accommodate factors including gender and generational mix, before making them public.
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