ANC KZN unshaken ahead of Zuma motion - Zikalala

ANC KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Sihle Zikalala. (Jaco Marais, Gallo Images, Beeld)
ANC KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Sihle Zikalala. (Jaco Marais, Gallo Images, Beeld)

Durban - The motion of no confidence vote in President Jacob Zuma "is about dislodging the ANC as a legitimate governing party of our country, elected by more than 62% support", ANC KZN chairperson Sihle Zikalala said on Monday.

Zikalala was addressing the provincial executive committee (PEC) Lekgotla in Durban ahead of Tuesday's motion of no confidence in Zuma.

"It must be clear that people who elected the ANC were clear, they were electing the ANC led by Zuma," he said.

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The motion of no confidence in Zuma doesn't represent the 62% who voted for the ANC, Zikalala said.

"We're clear that this, in essence, is about regime change driven by enemies of our revolution and supported by some among us who believe that, strangely and unfortunately, their consciousness takes precedence over the collective wisdom of the movement," Zikalala said.

He said the ANC could not be dictated by opposition parties "on how to deal with one of its deployed cadres".

"All of us must understand that as we advance the struggle for radical economic transformation, the enemies of that project are not sitting and idling. Their offensive continues independent of our recognition," he said.

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He then called on ANC MPs to "approach all matters informed by the party line".

"It is the ANC that was elected to serve and lead our people and not individual members of Parliament," he said.

On who should lead the ANC after Zuma, Zikalala said the election of the leader of the ANC would be based on the traditions of the party.

"It will not be based on the fact that you're from or related to a particular family and therefore you cannot lead the ANC," he said.

Zikalala took a jibe at former president Thabo Mbeki when he said some individuals in the party had been elected leader, knowing that their fathers had also been leaders within the party.

"In the ANC, we treat cadres on their merit capabilities to lead the revolution, not on basis of association," he said.

He warned those who were calling for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma not be elected on the basis that she was once married to Zuma of "making a very fundamental mistake".

"When we elected president Thabo Mbeki, we never said he was the son of Govan Mbeki," Zikalala said.

Zikalala said they were more resolute and determined to oppose and fight against "any form of state capture, irrespective of the colour of the capturer".

"The movement must confront allegations of state capture directly and without fear or favour.

"It is in this context that we fully support the establishment of a commission in order to achieve a more scientific way of understanding the veracity of this phenomenon," he said.

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