South Africa: Zuma Acknowledges ANC Mistakes

Morning Star | 09 January, 2017

SOUTH AFRICAN President Jacob Zuma admitted at yesterday’s African National Congress 105th anniversary celebration that the ruling party has made mistakes.

He insisted that the ANC was determined to root out the corruption destroying the country’s democracy.

“When leaders and members of the ANC are corrupt and steal, they are betraying the values of the ANC, the people and our country. We will not allow this,” the president declared.

He added that supporters had told the ANC that leaders come across as too busy fighting one another and do not pay sufficient attention to the people’s needs.

“We must give our people hope. We must unite against our common enemies, which are unemployment, poverty and inequality.”

An ANC conference will be held in December to determine who will succeed Mr Zuma as party leader and probable national president, but the opposition free-market Democrat Alliance reached beyond its political stronghold in the Cape region in August’s municipal elections to win control of other metropolitan areas.

Neither of the supposed front-runners — miners’ leader turned wealthy businessman Cyril Ramaphosa and outgoing African Union chairwoman Nkosazana DlaminiZuma — has confirmed their intention to run.

Communist Party leader Blade Nzimande told the ANC anniversary rally that “factions of the aspirant and emerging bourgeoisie in our broad movement … are fighting each other for the control of power and resources.”

He said that there was “no ideological difference between the bitterly contending factions,” but there was a “huge” gulf between them all and the SACP, which fights “for the socialisation of the means of production and wealth distribution.”



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