South Africa’s Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini grew up in Nkandla, and has utilized the audacity that comes with that to charge Nkandla residents to stop being silent whenever President Jacob Zuma is under attack.
According to Minister Dlamini, no one will speak for President Zuma if the Nkandla people fails to do so.
She inquired of the Nkandla community why it was silent while Zuma was being attacked saying:
“No one will speak for the president if we don’t. We can’t be told by people from other countries that we should remove our president. The president has showed us that we need to be brave…”
Minister Dlamini made the remarks at the 15th Jacob Zuma RDP Education Trust Children and Youth’s Christmas party in Nkandla.
Other guests at the party also expressed dissatisfaction with the increasing agitation for Mr Zuma to step down as the leader of South Africa.
For instance, Sihle Zikalala KZN’s Economic Development MEC and ANC’s provincial chair said:
“The president is going to be the president of the ANC until 2017, but will remain the president of the country until 2019.
The people who voted for the ANC are in the locations and rural areas, they are the poor, they won’t be dictated to by radio stations and newspapers and other people who are dreaming who will lead. As South Africans, we chose who will lead us, we have no doubt in Zuma’s leadership.
We have had presidents in the past who oppressed us in this democracy, but under President Jacob Zuma, we saw policies and laws that oppressed black people change.
The enemy of a black person would never go against something that improves the life of a black person. Zuma enjoys the full support of all of us here in KZN, not on the basis of Zulus, but on the basis of the leadership he has provided in this country.
Let us not be dictated to by people who live in urban areas and drive big fancy cars…”
Likewise, ANCYL’s provincial secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo declared the league the defenders of Zuma.
To Sabelo, “those that don’t want Zuma to finish his term…need to go through (ANCYL) before they get to him. “We are the first line of defence of the president of the ANC,” he said.