The ruling party has countered speculations making the rounds that President Zuma has been absent at ANC birthday rallies because of heavy conspiracy in the party.
On Thursday, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe announced Zuma’s absence and also apologised on behalf of the president, who missed the party’s door-to-door campaigns.
Though Mantashe failed to categorically state reasons for Zuma’s absence, he, however, stressed that Zuma has been dealing with other important government matters.
ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa, who weighed in on the matter confirmed that there is “no conspiracy” in the ruling party and that Zuma is currently busy with other matters.
The ANC had a tough 2016, starting from allegations against Zuma’s scandal-plagued government to damning court rulings against him. He was also caught in other tragic webs like the state of capture report, spy tape saga and so on. These scandals, many believe, are the primary reasons why the ANC was brought into disrepute.
Meanwhile, a statement released on the forthcoming party had it that the aim of the birthday is to present an opportunity for the party to unite its supporters, and show that the party is self-correcting and that it has listened to the concerns raised by its members.
This message was publicised by water and sanitation minister Nomvula Mokonyane on Thursday. The minister added that the party “will reflect on the area of the state of the organisation, emphasising unity in action; responding and accepting that we have listened to our people.”
President Jacob Zuma is expected to deliver his final anniversary statement at the Orlando Stadium on Sunday, January 8, as the ANC marks 105 years.
Ahead of the bash, the EFF, on Thursday, warned young and unemployed people to stay far away from Orlando Stadium on Sunday.
“If you are young and find yourself at Orlando stadium on Sunday then you are a traitor, the unemployed and the poor in Soweto must stay home,” said EFF leader Julius Malema.
According to him, “The Sunday occasion is for the politically connected black elite, it is their opportunity to show off their ill-gotten wealth.”
He beseeched the DA to ensure the ANC is pushed out through the door in the 2019 national government elections.