President Zuma’s continuous stay in the ANC will definitely get the party drowned, says amaXhosa King Zwelonke Sigcawu.
Speaking at an event hosted by the department of justice and correctional service, the traditional ruler said results obtained in the just concluded local government elections show that Zuma, who is apparently the black sheep in the ANC pulled down the support and love South Africans had for the ruling party.
At the event which held at the village of Weza in Willowvale; King Sigcawu called on leaders of ANC to remove Zuma in order to save the party from free-falling.
AmaXhosa King Zwelonke Sigcawu Wants Zuma Fired
He said: “Maqabane ukuba animfuni uZuma ningayivoteli nje IANC yithani uZuma mabamkhuphe ababantu abakhokhele naye” (If you didn’t vote for the ANC because you don’t want Zuma, then tell those in leadership to remove him), the king said to loud applause.
The event was also attended by Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Michael Masutha.
AmaXhosa King Zwelonke Sigcawu was sworn in last year in Nqadu in the Eastern Cape. He was first AmaXhosa king to be sworn in 50 years.
Remarkably, President Jacob Zuma was among the dignitaries who graced the coronation of the new monarch.
The ANC suffered severe setbacks in the recently concluded municipal elections. And having incurred significant losses, the party says its ready to enter into coalition talks so that it can retain power in the 27 hung municipalities – where no party secured an outright victory.
These hung municipalities are: metros of Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape; Tshwane; Johannesburg as well as Ekurhuleni in Gauteng.
Meanwhile, reports said Gauteng ANC leaders have expressed confidence about their negotiations with the EFF; because Malema and his executives were friendly to them unlike their hostility towards President Zuma and the national leaders.
UDM leader, Bantu Holomisa on the other hand says he is wary of how the ANC and the DA “uses you and dumps you”.
He alleged: “Both the ANC and DA are shrewd; they use people and dump them. So I have learnt a lot because I have assisted both of them in the past (in KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape). Why are they coming to us? Do they just want us to vote in their favour in council? I am no longer [their] voting cattle.”
Last week, EFF’s Malema disclosed his party won’t hesitate to have coalition talks with the ANC should the ruling party agree to “give people their land”.