‘Calls for Zuma’s res­ig­na­tion un­called for’

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DUR­BAN — Re­newed calls for Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to re­sign are un­called for, the ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal said yes­ter­day.

“He never con­tested to be the mayor of Abaqu­lusi, or to be a mayor of any­where else in the coun­try,” pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Than­dux­olo Sa­belo told re­porters in Dur­ban.

Zuma could not be made a scape­goat for the prob­lems of pre­vi­ous may­ors or coun­cils or for a lack of ser­vice de­liv­ery in mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

While the ANC’s per­for­mance in the lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions last week left much to be de­sired, the league still had con­fi­dence in Zuma and wanted him to fin­ish his term of of­fice.

Sa­belo was brief­ing me­dia on the ANCYL’s res­o­lu­tions taken dur­ing a pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee meet­ing in Ulundi on Fri­day.

Sup­port for the ANC fell to below 60 per­cent na­tion­wide. The party lost Nel­son Man­dela Bay to the DA, and failed to gain an out­right ma­jor­ity in sev­eral other met­ros. The EFF had re­port­edly said it would only en­ter into coali­tions with the ANC if Zuma stepped down.

Sa­belo said there were a num­ber of rea­sons why the party per­formed the way it did, par­tic­u­larly in KwaZulu-Natal.

Many peo­ple in the prov­ince did not vote be­cause the can­di­dates they wanted were not nom­i­nated. In the past, ANC mem­bers set aside their dif­fer­ences and ral­lied be­hind a can­di­date, Sa­belo said.

Be­fore the Au­gust 3 elec­tions, about 12 peo­ple, mainly ANC mem­bers, were killed.

“Some com­mit­ted po­lit­i­cal sui­cide, and be­came in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates.”

He said the eThek­wini metro had the high­est num­ber of in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates, 57. The ANC de­feated 53 of them, a “de­ci­sive vic­tory”, he said.

Sa­belo said the ANC would have done much bet­ter in the prov­ince had there been no in­de­pen­dent can­di­dates.

Ear­lier, jour­nal­ists walked out af­ter ANCYL of­fi­cials were al­most an hour late for the brief­ing. They de­cided to stay af­ter Sa­belo apol­o­gised and promised it would never hap­pen again. — Sapa

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