President Jacob Zuma has reportedly slammed the ANC’s alliance partners, the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), for interfering in the affairs of the ruling party.
Speaking on Sunday evening during a prayer meeting for peace and prosperity organised by the Abundant Life Church at People’s Park, near the Moses Mabhida Stadium, in Durban‚ Zuma questioned why the alliance leaders were discussing ANC issues and not resolving their own problems, TimesLIVE reports.
“They have problems, but they never talk about that. The ANC has never discussed any of the alliance partners. Then what makes the alliance talk? These are the questions we should be asking‚” Zuma was quoted as saying.
“I think we’ve been quiet for too long because we’re behaving ourselves, but I think the church leaders here have given us the lead to say, enough is enough‚” Zuma added.
The ANC’s tripartite alliance partners called for Zuma to step down following his controversial midnight Cabinet reshuffle on March 30. Cosatu has publicly endorsed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to take over party reins from him as ANC president at the ANC’s elective conference in December. But Zuma has supported his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to succeed him.
According to the report, Zuma questioned why he was being attacked ahead of the elective conference when he was not going to stand for re-election.
“The questions that we need to ask ourselves is why‚ when we’re heading to the elective conference‚ the one who was president and who is not going to stand is fought against so much?” said Zuma.
Zuma also said he once told religious leaders who were critical of his leadership that they should instead pray for those who had done wrong.
“What I know is that the one who died for us said: ‘Forgive them Lord because they do not know what they are doing.’ So the priests should be saying I should be forgiven, as I have sinned. But I am not told what’s wrong that I have done‚” said Zuma.