Uneasy, they say, lies the head that wears the crown. President Jacob Zuma’s has for a very long while, been the carrier of all the blames for the misfortunes faced by the ruling party and the country at large.
But ANC chairman David Mabuza who is also the Premier of Mpumalanga, says it an unfair treatment of Zuma.
Mabuza says Zuma is not to blame for all the failures of the ruling party especially in the just concluded local government elections.
He said those who went about accusing the president were just being unfair towards him and making reckless statements.
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The party chair who called on the party’s provincial executive committee lekgotla to introspect on its election performance during the August 3 elections, said the party’s failures were indications that party supporters failed to vote for various reasons
“I don’t agree with these voices that are saying the ANC has received this poor showing, the ANC has declined, gone down because of its president. Those who don’t understand the ANC will say that and those that are malicious will say that.
“But were was the president when branches of the ANC were faltering with the process? Where was the president when leaders of the ANC at and REC level were imposing candidate? Its wrong,” he told the lekgotla.
Mabuza went on to reiterate his bitterness over party veterans stabbing themselves from behind.
“It’s painful to hear a leader that I admired, a leader that I followed at a particular time, stabbing the ANC from behind,” Mabuza told journalists.
“Very painful. They’ve got all the rights to come and say ‘you have not done things the right way’, I’ll accept that,” he said.
“But to be grandstanding and trying to prove that you are better off is not going to entice us, it will not make us feel good. You can only play for the gallery and don’t think the people who are laughing they love you as you talk, they don’t. They see you as a lost somebody,” Mabuza added.
David Mabuza went on to tell party members to quit blaming the party leader, Zuma because they all know the very cause of their predicament.
“The ANC encompasses all that is good. It’s only a leader at a particular time, so I’ll be happy if you confront me and say, ‘you must step down, you are not leading this ANC of ours in the right direction’. That’s a right approach. Not grandstanding and especially those of our leaders who were once part of the leadership of the movement, some of their statement are very reckless
Some of us we have learnt from them. We have followed them as leaders and we feel they are just impatient, getting reckless and I don’t know why. I still expect them to do constructive criticism and work for the ANC because the ANC has made them what they are today. But they’ve forgotten that,” said David Mabuza,
In his closing remark, the party chair said: “I think we have not attended problems on time and these problems played themselves out in the open and they resulted into some of our people becoming unhappy with the ANC. But these short-comings cannot be ascribed to one leader.”
He said all premiers should take responsibility for the party’s failures in the past local elections.