‘Spy on your ANC com­rades’

Zuma’s way of strength­en­ing party be­fore he steps down as pres­i­dent

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - LUYOLO MKENTANE luyolo.mkentane@inl.co.za @luy­olomken­tane

TO BOL­STER the ANC’s might in so­ci­ety, Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma wants to cre­ate a spy unit within the party to gather in­tel­li­gence on what mem­bers do out­side branch ac­tiv­i­ties.

The ANC leader, who served as the party’s head of in­tel­li­gence in ex­ile, called on his com­rades to take the lead in build­ing strong com­mu­nity struc­tures.

They also needed to en­sure that the for­mer lib­er­a­tion move­ment was well rep­re­sented in in­flu­en­tial fo­rums such as school gov­ern­ing bod­ies and street com­mit­tees.

Zuma said such dras­tic steps would help to in­crease the ANC’s pro­file across all the com­mu­ni­ties it was meant to serve.

“If there’s a death in your vil­lage, be the first to go there (to the bereaved fam­ily) and sym­pa­thise. Be ac­tive, dis­cuss how the fu­neral is go­ing to be,” said Zuma.

The pres­i­dent was speak­ing at the ANC’s105th birth­day cel­e­bra­tions at Burg­ers­fort in Lim­popo at the week­end.

ANC pro­vin­cial chair­per­son and Pre­mier Stan Matha­batha, Sports Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula and MP Pule Mabe, among oth­ers, at­tended the event.

Zuma is ex­pected to hand over power to a new lead­er­ship when he steps down as

ANC pres­i­dent in De­cem­ber. How­ever, his term as pres­i­dent of Africa’s most in­dus­tri­alised econ­omy ex­pires only in 2019.

At the ANC event at the week­end, Zuma urged party mem­bers and sup­port­ers to be vis­i­ble in their com­mu­ni­ties and help build strong struc­tures in or­der to help in­flu­ence the party’s and so­ci­ety’s di­rec­tion.

“I’m go­ing to have time af­ter two years. I’m go­ing to be part of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee vol­un­tar­ily, and po­lit­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion.

“I’m telling you, I’m go­ing to cre­ate a sys­tem where we check each mem­ber, what they do out­side the branch ac­tiv­i­ties,” said Zuma.

“Ev­ery mem­ber (be­long­ing to a) branch and struc­ture must fo­cus on build­ing the ANC by par­tic­i­pat­ing in this struc­ture that I’m talk­ing about,” he em­pha­sised.

Zuma has pre­vi­ously said he won’t rest when he stepped down from his lead­er­ship po­si­tions and has de­clared that he wanted to be mayor of Nkandla when he leaves the Union Build­ings.

“When I say I want to con­test to be a coun­cil­lor in my ward when I take my pen­sion, peo­ple laugh. But it is not per­sonal; it is or­gan­i­sa­tional. I was just telling some­one… my am­bi­tion is to be mayor of Nkandla,” Zuma said.

Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma

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