Do you know that President Zuma never wanted to be South Africa’s president?. In fact, he said he tried to dodge the position but in the long run, they forced the position on him.
While we find it difficult to believe this, Zuma also claimed that he had wanted to stay for just one term as South Africa’s president, but he was convinced to stay longer in the office.
Although the president declined to mention the names of the people who convinced him to stay longer in the office, he promised to reveal details about his claims in the book he would write “in a year-and-a-half”.
The president made these comments on last Friday at the ANC’s gala dinner organized in his honour at the huge Hall 5 of the Nasrec Expo Centre, in Johannesburg, where the ruling party’s national elective conference is currently going on.
Zuma also thanked his party for finding him fit to lead them, saying it was “wonderful” to be the outgoing president, and that he was greatly and deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve the country.
Zuma said at the time:
“Comrades and friends, the night is getting old. Tomorrow I will be delivering my very last address as outgoing president of the ANC. it was wonderful to be the outgoing president. I am greatly and deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve the country.
This despite the fact that I was a reluctant president. I never thought I will be a president, so I never wanted to be one. I went to Natal to try to run away from the limelight, and when I was cornered [to serve as president] I did not want to become a president, I tried to dodge.”
Opening up about his presidency, a charming, energetic and visibly happy Zuma admitted that he saw and also learned a lot while serving, adding that he carried out his task dutifully, despite the fact that some people thought he was refusing to step down.
To his critics, the outgoing ANC president said he bears no grudges against them, as an honest politician he is. The ANC Gala Dinner party was organized by the party’s Progressive Business Forum.
The event was attended by business people, ambassadors, diplomats, ANC national executive committee members, ministers and journalists. Also in attendance were then ANC presidential frontrunners MP Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, President Zuma’s wife Thobeka Zuma, labour federation Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini, Zweli Mkhize.
In conclusion, he expressed his readiness to be led and to serve the new ANC president as a fit and strong soldier he is.