President Zuma Slams Opposition Parties, Says They Have Nothing To Offer


Mr. Jacob Zuma is not happy that opposition parties in the country often turn to courts to settle disputes, instead of improving their political skills.

The African National Congress (ANC) leader said he believes why opposition groups run to courts is because they lack the needed expertise, prowess, and the basic knowledge on how to deal with conflicts in the political sphere.

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The embattled president, who was speaking on Thursday in Port Elizabeth during a visit to a religious organization, said it hurts him each time the opposition give a bad name to South African Parliament.

Zuma also alleged that his political rivals have nothing to offer to the country, except shouting and making noises in Parliament during proceedings.

“They don’t want anyone to talk in Parliament. They make noise until the end because they have nothing to say,” the president said in Port Elizabeth.

On basic service delivery, the president said the ANC is the only party that can address the numerous challenges facing the people.

Despite surviving the latest motion of no confidence against him with a very slim margin, an unfazed Zuma expressed strong confidence that the ANC will continue to put smiles on people’s faces.

In addition, he also urged ANC members to fight hatred and factionalism in their respective branches in order to win massively in the 2019 general elections.

Zuma admitted that the ANC lost three of its key metros to the opposition in the last municipal election because of hatred, factionalism, and division among its members.

“The ANC has policies in place that can take South Africa forward‚ something they don’t have‚ they are just there.”

“It is important for us to unite. When united we have power‚ that is why we lost the Nelson Mandela Bay to the coalition government because we are not united‚ this is a lesson we must learn. When you are not united‚ you will lose,” he said.

Despite heading to law courts to defend himself on several occasions, President Zuma seems to have a strong phobia of courts.

The last time he appeared in court for his Parliamentary question and answer session, he vowed not to take the “likes” of Julius Malema to court, irrespective of their allegations against him.

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Mr. Jacob Zuma, who came to power in 2009, has been brought to book repeatedly by the courts following allegations of multiple corruption scandals.

The 75-year-old is due to step down as head of the ANC in December and as president before the 2019 general election.