Ramaphosa to dis­cuss Zuma’s polls role

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - NEWS - SAMKELO MTSHALI

KWAZULU-NA­TAL ANC chair­per­son Sihle Zikalala is ex­pected to meet with Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa and ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Ace Ma­gashule dur­ing the Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (NEC) lek­gotla this week­end to dis­cuss former pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s in­volve­ment in the 2019 elec­tion cam­paign.

Zuma in­sists he won’t need per­mis­sion from any­body to cam­paign for the ANC ahead of next year’s gen­eral elec­tions.

He said he would cam­paign for the party and no­body would stop him as a mem­ber of the move­ment.

“I have full rights (to cam­paign for the ANC) and I want the ANC to have a land­slide vic­tory in the elec­tions.

“It’s im­por­tant that we know that, par­tic­u­larly black peo­ple, be­cause there are many things we still need to fix, and to do that we need as many votes as pos­si­ble.

“We once had a two-thirds of the votes and they have dropped and I don’t know how they have dropped, so I want us to bring back that two-thirds of the votes be­cause with that we can change a lot of things that we’re un­able to change cur­rently,” said Zuma.

Newly-elected KwaZu­luNatal ANC provin­cial deputy sec­re­tary Sipho Hlo­muka said Zuma, as a NEC mem­ber of the ANC, had a re­spon­si­bil­ity to cam­paign for the ANC.

“As he has al­ready in­di­cated that he is go­ing to cam­paign for the ANC, there is just no one who is go­ing to stop him to cam­paign for the ANC, be­cause all mem­bers of the ANC are go­ing to cam­paign,” Hlo­muka said.

ANC eThek­wini re­gional sec­re­tary Bheki Ntuli weighed in say­ing Zuma was an NEC mem­ber, by virtue of be­ing a former pres­i­dent, and there­fore he should be at the fore­front and cam­paign fully for the party like all mem­bers of the ANC.

“It’s very im­por­tant that Zuma is a part of the ANC’s elec­tion cam­paign and to en­sure that there is unity and co­he­sion in KwaZulu-Na­tal.

“We need him in the fore­front so we’re con­fi­dent that he will be part of the team that will be cam­paign­ing and the sup­port that he com­mands in KwaZulu-Na­tal will be very help­ful as well,” Ntuli said.

Bishop Vusi Dube, an ANC mem­ber of the Provin­cial Leg­is­la­ture in KwaZulu-Na­tal, said Zuma’s role in the elec­tion should not be ques­tioned.

“Msholozi (Zuma) is a very im­por­tant el­e­ment in the elec­tions in KwaZulu-Na­tal. If he is not in­volved we’re go­ing to lose a lot of peo­ple.

“I would en­cour­age the provin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of KwaZulu-Na­tal and the NEC to take a rad­i­cal de­ci­sion and ac­cept Msholozi into the rank and file of peo­ple who are go­ing to be mo­bil­is­ing and cam­paign for the ANC,” Dube said.

PIC­TURE: LEON LESTRADE/AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY (ANA)

Former pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma ap­peared in court on Fri­day.

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