ANC PRESIDENT ‘PUSHES SWAG’ WITH ETHEKWINI REGION
By: Neo Goba & Samkele Maseko
President Jacob Zuma received a rousing welcome at the Durban Playhouse on the 9th of April when the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) hosted the O.R. Tambo Memorial Lecture.
He was accompanied by the ANC Provincial Chairperson Senzo Mchunu, Provincial Secretary Sihle Zikalala and Regional Chair Dr Sbongiseni Dhlomo.
Regional Secretary, Thanduxolo Sabela, of the quickly to launched an attack on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. “We saw nothing else but a manifesto of the opposition parties when the Nkandla report was delivered,” said Sabela.
He added that the person who delivered the report on that day, had a blue shirt on. “We should not make the mistake and take things for granted because we might not have the same understanding,” said Zuma.
He went on to say that, they must now be like a pastor and always carry their bibles with them in order to be able to refer back to certain scriptures to articulate things with a full understanding, he said this referring to the ANC Manifesto.
“We need to persuade South Africans to vote ANC. The youth needs to persuade their fellow peers in particular to vote for the ANC,” said Zuma. “The ANC was established by the people of South Africa. Not the few people with a particular ideology or people who were punished for misbehaving in the movement and thus formed parties out of anger,” he added.
“The Youth League must do the business of exposing the bankruptcy of the opposition, they don’t have a manifesto but spend much time discussing the manifesto of the ANC,” said Zuma.
Zuma also said that voting for the ANC is an investment to the future of this country. “Voting otherwise is an understatement to the future of this country. “You can’t address the issue of youth unemployment if you are not in government, no matter how eloquent you say them,” he said.
“The fact is that the ANC will win and they know that youth unemployment is a global issue,” he said.
Taking a jibe at Julius Malema and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), he said that it’s better to dream when you are asleep but to dream when you are walking is something else.
Magasela Mzobe, the Co-ordinator of the Youth League National Task Team, said that Zuma must not speak about Nkandla because they as the league will speak on behalf of him and defend the President of the ANC.
“President Zuma doesn’t have time to swim, he’s busy running the country,” said Mzobe referring to the Nkandla pool upgrade.