President Jacob Zuma in an exclusive interview with SABC’s Nguni radio station cleared the air on whether he was going to run for a third term as the ANC president or not.
Zuma used the radio interview to dismiss any hint of him vying for a third term.
“The current president has explained that he is not running for the third term. I am finishing a second term. There are many leaders in the ANC who must get an opportunity to lead… Even in the past‚ when the previous president wanted a third term‚ I was one of those who were not supporting that move. I cannot reject the move by another president and then do it myself.”
He dedicated a lot of the interview to rebuking structures of the ANC for putting forward names of their preferred candidates to take over the leadership race of the party to the public.
“In June‚ we are going to a policy conference. We first talk about the things that we have to do first. When we have discussed our policy and programmes that we are going to do‚ then we can decide who is the person that we think can help achieve these programmes.
“People rush to give names for leadership…even leaders also just abruptly indicate their availability for leadership. They just say openly‚ ‘I don’t have any problem leading.’ People then start talking about the leadership race‚” he said.
Over the past week‚ ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe has been urging members and structures of the party not to throw names into the leadership race as this caused a lot of division in the organisation.