The ruling party (ANC) will not only win the 2019 elections but will take it with an even greater margin than before, Pres. Zuma said on Sunday.
“The ANC is on the side of the people and God is on the side of the ANC. We cannot lose,” claimed Pres. Zuma.
Pres. Zuma was Speaking in Burgersfort, Limpopo on Sunday at the provincial celebrations of the party’s 105th year anniversary.
Pres. Zuma said:
“Some people in South Africa enjoy criticising the ANC… because they do absolutely nothing”.
He told ANC supporters it should come as no surprise that the ANC had made some mistakes as it was a working organisation.
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.
Amidst calls for a consultative conference ahead of the party’s national elective conference Zuma warned that conferences should not be used to tear the organisation apart.
“No amount of conferences must make us want to tear ourselves apart.”
The president also cautioned ANC members against making pronouncement of their preferred candidate to lead the 105-year-old movement when he steps down. He said the time to do so hadn’t arrived yet.
Zuma also highlighted the issues of gate-keeping and vote buying, urging branches to avoid falling victim to the manipulation of internal democratic systems.