Zuma, ANC lead­ers at­tacked

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CAPE TOWN — Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma was heav­ily crit­i­cised at the fu­neral of the late Rev­erend Makhenkesi Stofile on Thurs­day.

High-rank­ing mem­bers of the African Na­tional Congress joined mourn­ers who packed the Fort Hare Univer­sity Sports Com­plex to hon­our the former sports min­is­ter.

Speaker Sipho Pityana did not hide his anger at the cur­rent lead­er­ship of the ANC.

Pityana ref­er­enced the re­cent lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions re­sults as a touch­stone for the lack of ac­count­able lead­er­ship that saw the ANC lose three met­ros to the op­po­si­tion.

“In our move­ment, as in ev­ery­where else, there are dif­fer­ent cadres: There are peace­time rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies and there are true cadres who took risks.

“That our move­ment is in cri­sis is trite and it is be­yond ques­tion. If you doubted it, look at what hap­pened in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions,” said Pityana.

He said that he had “painful con­ver­sa­tions” re­gard­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s re­sponse to the Con­sti­tu­tional Court judg­ment on Nkandla.

He ex­pressed his dis­ap­point­ment at Zuma’s re­ac­tion to the rul­ing that the pres­i­dent had vi­o­lated the Con­sti­tu­tion.

“It sounded like the se­cond Ru­bi­con by FW De Klerk: He failed to rise to the oc­ca­sion,” said Pityana, in ref­er­ence to the Ru­bi­con speech given by PW Botha in Au­gust 1985.

“I know we’re a move­ment in de­nial, for when we talk about why it is we are where we are, we say it is be­cause of the neg­a­tive and hos­tile me­dia. Maybe it is.

“We say it is be­cause Western gov­ern­ments are driv­ing an agenda for a regime change. Maybe it is.

“We say it is be­cause of clever blacks who are illd­is­ci­plined and ar­ro­gant. We say it is NGOs who are agents of for­eign in­ter­ests, but com­rade Stof would have none of it,” he said to ap­plause from the crowd.

While Pityana ar­gued that ANC mem­bers were re­quired to be loyal and dis­ci­plined, he also said that in­ter­nal prob­lems were self-in­flicted.

“We must also be cadres with ques­tion­ing loy­alty. We must be ques­tion­ing be­cause an­swers come from ask­ing dif­fi­cult ques­tions.

“Our set­backs are self-in­flicted. We have ceded our moral high ground to the op­po­nents.”

Pityana did not hold back his frus­tra­tion with re­cent de­vel­op­ments within the ANC in­volv­ing Zuma.

“No less than a per­son who is pres­i­dent of our move­ment and our coun­try takes ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to show noth­ing but dis­dain and con­tempt for our Con­sti­tu­tion,” he said to ap­plause, as Fi­nance Min­is­ter Pravin Gord­han, Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula and former fi­nance min­is­ter Trevor Manuel looked on.

“Which ANC is this with­out any con­fer­ence res­o­lu­tion that makes state­ments that at­tacks judges as counter rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies? Which ANC is this?” said Pityana.

“We at­tack and un­der­mine and show com­plete dis­dain for Chap­ter 9 in­sti­tu­tions; and I need to re­mind you that as OR Tambo suf­fered a stroke, one of the chap­ters that he wrote as a pre­cur­sor to this coun­try was the con­cept of the no­tion of a Chap­ter 9 in­sti­tu­tion.

“Who are these lead­ers of to­day who don’t have a sense of that his­tory?” Pityana said. — Sapa —

A So­mali soldier guards a wounded al­leged al Qaeda-linked She­bab rebel in an am­bu­lance at Daru Shifa hospi­tal in the So­mali cap­i­tal Mo­gadishu, yes­ter­day. AFP

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