‘Zuma should be ashamed of him­self’

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - BALD­WIN NDABA

TIDES High to­day . . . .5.19am, 5.47pm To­mor­row . . . . .6.03am, 6.32pm Low to­day . . .11.27am, 11.59pm To­mor­row . . .12.10am, mid­night Spring tides . . . . . . . . . . . .Aug 2

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Aug 10 SUN/MOON Sun­rise to­day . . . . . . . . . .7.45am Sun­set to­day . . . . . . . . . . . .6pm Moon rises to­day . . . . . .9.52pm Moon sets to­mor­row . . . .9.55am DIS­GRUN­TLED rel­a­tives of ANC stal­warts have blasted ANC pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma for al­legedly fu­elling racial ha­tred while cam­paign­ing ahead of next month’s mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions.

While on the cam­paign trail Zuma has ques­tioned the de­ci­sions of black peo­ple who vote for the DA.

Ac­cord­ing to Zuma, the DA is a party of white peo­ple and only serves the in­ter­est of the rich.

“Even the FF+ won’t make com­ments or do things like that. Why is Ja­cob Zuma play­ing the dan­ger­ous race card?” asked Ghaleb Cachalia, who is stand­ing as the DA’s Ekurhu­leni may­oral can­di­date.

Cachalia is the son of ANC vet­er­ans Yusuf and Amina Cachalia.

Oth­ers un­happy with Zuma’s com­ments were Lin­dela Tsh­wete, el­dest son of Strug­gle hero Steve Tsh­wete, a for­mer sports min­is­ter and Madoda Mbeki, a close rel­a­tive of for­mer pres­i­dent Thabo Mbeki and his brother Moeletsi Mbeki.

While Zuma’s com­ments ap­peared to have gone un­no­ticed within the ANC ranks, the three, all of whom are DA mem­bers, sug­gested Zuma was spit­ting in the face of for­mer pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela.

They were jointly ad­dress­ing the me­dia in Rose­bank in Joburg yes­ter­day and ex­pressed their dis­gust at Zuma’s elec­tion­eer­ing strat­egy.

Tsh­wete is a pro­por­tional list can­di­date for the DA in the City of Cape Town while Mbeki is a ward can­di­date for the DA in Mn­quma Lo­cal Mu­nic­i­pal­ity in But­ter­worth in the East­ern Cape.

Tsh­wete said: “This dan­ger­ous cam­paign­ing must be seen for what it is – des­per­a­tion to cling on to power at all costs, be­cause the ANC doesn’t have a plan to cre­ate jobs, stop cor­rup­tion and de­liver better ser­vices.

“The sad truth is that the ANC is no longer the party of Nel­son Man­dela, and no longer the party our par­ents and fam­i­lies brought us up in.

“Zuma has di­rectly con­tra­dicted and un­der­mined Nel­son Man­dela, who fought for free­dom for all South Africans to choose who they vote for. He should be ashamed of him­self,” Tsh­wete said.

Al­leg­ing Zuma was di­vi­sive, he said: “To di­vide our na­tion along racial lines is to take us back to the dark­est and most de­plorable parts of our his­tory.”

“United we are strong, but di­vided by Ja­cob Zuma we are at risk of frac­tur­ing our na­tion.

“This shows that the ANC can­not be trusted to take South Africa for­ward,” Tsh­wete said.

The dis­grun­tled for­mer ANC mem­bers agreed al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion against Zuma and the R247 mil­lion se­cu­rity up­grades at his Nkandla home had helped them de­cide to quit the rul­ing party.

Mbeki said: “We have left the ANC be­cause it no longer has the best in­ter­ests of South Africa at heart. Leav­ing the party our fam­i­lies worked and strug­gled in was a very se­ri­ous de­ci­sion, but it was a de­ci­sion we each made be­cause the ANC can­not be trusted to take South Africa for­ward.”

Cachalia was equally scathing about Zuma, say­ing: “This coun­try is plagued by is­sues of race.

“To use the racial ep­i­thet to di­vide the peo­ple is to play a dan­ger­ous game. It is against the val­ues of the ANC.”

bald­win.ndaba@inl.co.za

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