Former ANC treasurer-general, Mathews Phosa has turned down President Jacob Zuma’s offer of reconciliation with the ANC comrades.
Zuma, during his final speech at the ANC elective conference, extended an olive branch to party comrades who had joined in calling him to step down
In his speech, Zuma said he bore no grudges against his comrades who were bold enough to resign express their dissatisfaction with his services as the President.
I prefer those who express their views than those who do not express their views. You are still my comrades,” Zuma said to them.
Reacting to the call for a reunion, Mathews Phosa said he need no forgiveness from the President for calling him to step down
“He (Zuma) did try and say those who called on him to step down, he forgives them. I don’t think they needed forgiveness because there is nothing wrong they did in saying he must step down,” Phosa said during an interview with City Press on Sunday.
“I think they were all acting in good faith and not in malice. I am one of those who said he must step down and I don’t think I need any forgiveness from him. I don’t think any South African needs any forgiveness from him.” said Phosa.
Mathews Phosa also commended the President for being civil in his approach to the matter. He said Zuma’s comment was “a bit rich” especially as he accepted the calls as “freedom of speech in the party”, according to Phosa.
The former treasury-general was one of the seven presidential hopefuls who campaigned to replace Zuma as ANC president but he missed out on the race as no nomination was forthcoming.
He also slammed Zuma for not making good use of his last speech as ANC president to address important issues that are going wrong in the country.
“The president’s speech was, unfortunately, portraying everybody else [as] the devil and himself, the angel.
“I didn’t feel like he was taking responsibility for corruption or state capture or any of the things which have been raised in good faith by the media, the opposition or South Africans in general. He lost an opportunity to say what he wants to do as his legacy about corruption and to say to his successor you need to deal with the following issues and outline them very clearly and boldly,” he said, adding that Zuma should have used the platform to give a firm and unequivocal commitment to the ANC conference, the nation and the watching world audience.