The president Jacob Zuma speaking on Sunday at the provincial celebrations of the party’s 105th year anniversary in Burgersfort, Limpopo said the ANC is on the side of the people and God is on the side of the ANC, thus victory is sure for 2019.
He also told thousands of supporters dressed in ANC colours who braved the scorching heat to hear him speak, that there are some people in South Africa who enjoy criticizing the ANC… “because they do absolutely nothing”.
The ruling party hasn’t recovered from the 2016 local government election which saw it lose three of the country’s big metros.
The party admitted it made mistakes in the lead-up to the polls and took collective responsibility. Addressing the matter which has seemingly become more urgent as the ANC heads for its policy conference, President Jacob Zuma shared the movement’s plans on economic inclusion and land redistribution. He said the party needed to take more decisive steps for greater economic inclusion.
“The time has come for black people to play a visible and more meaningful role in the management of South Africa’s economy,” he said. Zuma said the ANC government would use the Expropriation of Land Act to pursue land reform and redistribution. “If we don’t act appropriately on this, political opportunists will use it for their own benefit. It will never benefit the people,” said Zuma as he warned against continuous conferences which he said as he warned that continuous conferences should not be used to further tear the party apart.
He also cautioned members against making pronouncements of their preferred candidates to lead the 105-year-old movement when he steps down. He said the time to do so hadn’t arrived yet.
Speaking in isiZulu in what seemed like a veiled attack on his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, who has been one of those calling for lifestyle audits in the party, Zuma said, “They have been talking about this for a long time but haven’t done anything”.
The Lifestyle audits were originally suggested by the Alliance Political Council, a group comprising of the national officials of the ANC, SACP, COSATU and SANCO in October 2016.
The aim of the council was to clamp down on corruption and factionalism by conducting lifestyle audits on senior members. Zuma however, highlighted the issues of gate-keeping and vote buying, urging branches to avoid falling victim to the manipulation of internal democratic systems.