Ramaphosa to discuss Zuma’s polls role
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.
Former president Jacob Zuma appeared in court on Friday.