Addressing the youth wing of his party, ANCYL, the president, Jacob Zuma says he has no plans of stepping aside just because people want him to do so.
Zuma recalled a time that he was watching the news — something he said he hardly did — when he saw a foreign chamber demanding that he step down.
He said he has done nothing wrong and so do not understand why everyone wants him to step down before the end of his tenure.
“… I realised it’s more the time that I will never on my own resign‚ because if I do so‚ I would be surrendering to the monopoly capital,” said Zuma at the ANCYL economic freedom lecture in Durban on Wednesday.
Jacob Zuma also said he wondered why everyone keeps repeating that he is corrupt and no one has yet come forward to tell him what wrong he has done.
“I ask what is it that I have done wrong. I even ask those who said I have done wrong but they run out of answers. The only answer is the repetition: corruption‚ corruption‚ corruption — until our own comrades also repeat by saying corruption‚” he said, pointing out that the Youth League’s call for economic freedom had always been the call of the mother body, the ANC.
He said a similar call was made during the Morogoro consultative conference in 1969‚ and that it spearheaded the policy of the party which has since its creation, worked towards the total emancipation of the black people.
Zuma delivered a well prepared speech about the country’s economic situation, stressing the need for an immediate end of white monopoly.
“The policies of the ANC are there to solve our problems. All we need is implementation and to liberate ourselves. I urge you to take these discussions about the economy more seriously and to worry yourself about the plight of the black people … in our country,” he said,
“Those with economic power‚ they can commit murder and everything‚ but they are not in jail because they have the best legal brains to defend them. The majority of the poor are in prison and those who have everything‚ not a single one of them is in prison. The nation needs to be aware‚” Jacob Zuma added, while calling on the Youth League to address these issues “more vigorously‚ properly‚ convincingly and scientifically”.
“You are talking about economy‚ you are talking about the real power. The balance of forces is the balance of economic power in the world. If you don’t have the economic power‚ it erodes the political power and the security power. And those with economic power buy people with the price they cannot say no to‚” he said.
Jacob Zuma also touched other issues that caused the rising calls for his resignation, particularly his decision to finance ministers last year. To that, he said “presidents don’t owe anyone explanations”.
“Because any president is not going to tell you why I took this decision because you don’t have to explain because there are a number of reasons why you take decisions to put a minister or remove a minister. You don’t have to share,” Zuma told the ANCYL.