My Take

Zuma zoom with zeal in the ANC.

Pic by Gladwell Ntusi

Andile Zingitwa

The difference between former president Thabo Mbeki and the sitting president  Jacob Zuma  is that the erstwhile always ensured that his  political survival within the ANC is not at the expense of the country, while in the case of the latter, is him first, the rest shall follow.

It is against that background president Zuma has relagated all his duties as the ceo of South Africa to oblivion and invested everything possible to redefining the ANC and the role he wants it to play in securing him a brighter future post  presidential incumbency.

I said it before and still stand my ground that no one is bigger than Zuma in the ANC thus he is confident even in the midst of the so called “vote of no confidence motion”.

Political analysts  living in a cloud cuckoo land, were quick to write his political obituary notwithstanding the power he solidified in all strategic  positions , both within the ANC and government.

He “owns” the ANC youth league, which is the brainchild of the premier league consisiting of Ace Magashule , David Mabuza and Supra Mahumapelo.

He has the Women’s League on his side and four provinces that are like an albatross around the neck of everyone who differ with the President.

These provinces are KZN, Mpumalanga,Free  State and  North West. As if this is not enough, the Zuma camp is targeting a policy conference which will serve as an official endorsement of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as a n ANC  leader ready to deliver land redistribution.

This will hammer a final nail into the coffin of the demotivated and underconfident Cyril Ramaphosa, who only enjoys the support of the unstable COSATU and their populist vanguard in SACP.

Zuma knows that to win the branches,you must  speak  their language and most of the branch delegates who are members “in good standing” would love to hear the land issue being revisited,which will come in handy for the presidential ambitions of Dlamini-Zuma  as a competitive antagonist of Ramaphosa for ANC president in the 54th national elective conference in December 2017 in Durban.

The President camp is the  winning camp everywhere in the ANC, and it is human nature that people want to be in the wining team all the time thus Ramaphoza can only be guaranteed the support of ‘clever blacks’. Not only is Dlamini-Zuma going to beat Ramaphosa in Durban, but she is going to emerge a landslide victor.

The political low self esteem evident in the face of Ramaphosa everytime he graces our screens and newspaper front pages can only remind me the 53rd elective conference in Mangaung when the politically shy Kgalema Motlanthe who relied only on moral highground as his spade work to contest  Zuma.

By the end of the conference, Motlanthe could not tell what  zumed him out of the presidential race. Dlamini-Zuma must have had a sigh of relief to know that Fikile Mbalula is in her camp, as latter is head and shoulders above everyone in the ANC in terms of strategies and tactics at a level of campaigning.

The ANC stalwarts who were in Irene over the weekend can bear testimony to this. However, the unstopable president Zuma and his cabal are only susceptible to one defeat that is in the hands of the electorate come 2019.

As the saying goes,from gradualism to supremacy,so shall the vote be vocal. I SUBMIT.


Zingitwa is a Pharmacist by profession and a freelance scriber for this Publication.

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