President Jacob Zuma says leaders in the ANC must be ready to face challenges, just like he is presently facing some high-level challenges in his political career.
Speaking at the wreath-laying ceremony in honour of Oliver Tambo in Wattville, Ekurhuleni; Zuma said challenges in the 104-year-old ANC are not new, as OR Tambo also encountered leadership challenges in the ANC.
According to Zuma, Tambo’s challenges grew to a point that people lobbied to have him assassinated and eliminated when he was leading the movement from exile.
So, for him, O.R was something else, “a rare leader” and a man of the people in all ramifications. He was a man poised to lead the people and the movement not only to freedom but to a greater height.
“President Tambo faced big problems as a leader but had a way to go through the challenges. His own presidency was being shaken down by his own comrades,” Zuma divulged.
The president also admitted that the yellow party is at its weakest point. He, therefore, encouraged party members and leadership not to let go of the party at this point of intensified crisis; adding that the ANC would have crashed like some other movements did had it been it wasn’t solidly founded.
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On the current crisis bedeviling the party, the ANC leader implored all and sundry not to play blame games or point accusation fingers at one other. Rather, “you must unite and proffer solutions to these problems”, Zuma added.
City of Ekurhuleni Mayor, Mzwandile Masina, who also spoke at the occasion; called on the current ANC leadership to emulate the values of its former president Oliver Tambo.
The outspoken mayor said Tambo left the ANC intact. He beseeched President Zuma to also leave the ANC intact when his tenure comes to an end.
OR Tambo served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1967 to 1991. The South African anti-apartheid politician and revolutionary was born on October 27, 1917. He died on April 24, 1993. O.R would have turned 99th on Thursday.