President Jacob Zuma has angrily lashed out at those who described him as a liability both to his party and to the country.
An angry Zuma voiced out saying he can never be a liability to his party and he will never leave the party till he dies.
The president who was speaking at the ANC’s KwaZulu-Natal conference in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday, voiced out his irritation at the rumor and at former president Kgalema Motlanthe’s recent utterances about the party and the alliance where he referred to most of the ANC leaders as liabilities to the party.
“How can a member of the ANC be referred to as a liability … No member can be a liability.”
“I will be a member of the ANC until I die … I am not going to out there and criticize the party like others,” angry Zuma said.
Mr Motlanthe who was interviewed by Business Day pointed out a number of issues about the state of the ANC and the tripartite alliance. There he claimed that most of the ANC leaders and members were “devoid of the kind of political ability and consciousness required to maintain a united and non-racial society”.
Motlanthe said internal democracy in the party was impaired and that the tripartite alliance between the ANC, SA Communist Party and Congress of SA Trade Unions was dead and only those who are delusional will think otherwise.
The alliance only existed in name, he told the newspaper.
However, an angry Zuma reacted by saying there are comrades who have been in the leadership of the ANC and they are now the biggest critics of the ANC.
“Why now when they’re sitting out there they have wisdom? When they were in here, why did they not bring that wisdom? he lashed at them,
Alliance is DEAD!’… They must sit down and be quiet. In fact, unwritten rule is when you’re out — don’t criticize those who come after you … simple A, B, C, D…
Don’t provoke us too far. Don’t. We have a job to do, to achieve prosperity. Don’t. No one is bigger than the ANC. They are cowards. Just an unnecessary irritation. And we may not tolerate this for too long,” Zuma warned.
Mr Zuma who was already enraged also attacked at Frank Chikane saying, “Others are pastors, they should stay in church and preach and leave politics to those who know it better.” The president also warned past leaders not to criticize the current leaders.
Zuma’s angry attack on former deputy president and ANC veteran Kgalema echoes his words at him last year when he referred to the veteran politician as one who is politically bankrupt.
Then, the president attacked Kgalema and other critics saying that they left the ANC on their own; “they were not chased out; it is cold out there, they now are beginning to throw stones” in the ANC” – criticizing the party.