Long gone are the days ANC wowed the universe with impressive statements. For instance, the greatest son of South Africa who was as well the pillar that strengthened ANC, Nelson Mandela once said; “I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.” Impressive Huh? Anyway, in as much as we hate to admit this, Mandela died with the wisdom of ACN.
Recently, the ANC Youth League elected its new leaders and with the controversies that followed the election, ANCYL chairperson Thami Ngubane rebuked disgruntled members to stop “acting like some sort of deputy Jesus” where as the Treasurer Siyabonga Nene regard the disgruntled members as suffering from a “congress hangover.”
Do Pardon me if this is sensational and provocative, but here’s what ANCYL practically said to the world: “Deputy Jesus Is Suffering Congress Hangover In South Africa”. Blasphemous right? Aim your stones at ANCYL. Nevertheless, check out these other statements attributed to ANC that are really wacky.
1. Zuma – On the Removal of Patrick Lekota as Free State Premier
Patrick Lekota as Free State premier exercised his constitutional right to fire an MEC without consulting the ANC NEC. Zuma was thus, deployed to reinforce the ANC principle that requires party members to be accountable first and foremost to the ANC. Below’s what Zuma said.
“[The ANC is] more important” than the Constitution. “No political force can destroy the ANC – it is only the ANC that can destroy itself… “[the Constitution is only there] to regulate matters.”
So long as ANC remains in power where the party gets to be more important than the Constitution, South Africa will remain a shamble, and South Africans are eternally messed up as ANC’s intent is to rule till “Jesus comes back.”
2. Zuma – On ANC as Ruling Party.
The immediate ANC quote above mentioned ANC intent to rule in South Africa forever. Below is the quote attributed to Zuma during an ANC rally in Khayelitsha, Cape Town on 4 May 2008. Hear him:
“God expects us to rule this country because we are the only organisation which was blessed by pastors when it was formed. It is even blessed in Heaven. That is why we will rule until Jesus comes back. We should not allow anyone to govern our city [Cape Town] when we are ruling the country.”
Welcome to South Africa under the siege of the new ANC! Partly, the intent of the Founders of ANC was to build a South Africa where democracy will thrive. The new generation ANC apparently have the contradictory intent of ruling forever. South Africa is utterly doomed if the above quote was a prophecy.
3. Zuma Again! – On Same Sex Marriage
Same-sex marriage has been legal in South Africa since the Civil Union Act came into force on 30 November 2006. Before then, it has been debated that a country with a negative history shouldn’t encourage any form of discrimination, deprivation, intolerance or prejudice. However, on the 26th day of September 2006, Zuma while addressing supporters at Heritage Day celebrations in KwaZulu-Natal, said:
The statement stirred a national outcry as many South Africans described Zuma’s statement as an irrational hostile attitude towards South African homosexuals. Zuma however, apologized saying he “did not intend to have this interpreted as a condemnation of gays and lesbians.”
4. Thabo Mbeki – On HIV And AIDS
The former President, left the world wondering what point he’s trying to prove. See for yourself, perhaps you’ll be able to tell the world what Mbeki meant.
“We need to look at the question that is posed, understandably I suppose: does HIV cause AIDS? AIDS the acronym stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome. Now I do believe that is a sensible thing to ask: does one virus cause a syndrome? A virus cannot cause a syndrome. A virus will cause a disease.”
5. Zuma – On South Africa As 2010 FIFA World Cup Host
SPIEGEL, a German newspaper Interviewed Zuma on the readiness of South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup. Zuma was asked if “fans from abroad will be able to travel to South Africa without having to fear for their safety”? See his response below:
“We South Africans are also crazy about football, so the World Cup can be nothing but successful. The Germans shouldn’t worry about coming here. Our media, which is very open and report on really everything, tend to exaggerate the crime issue. In other countries, newspapers and broadcast stations are patriotic and are far less interested in things that could damage their countries’ reputations in the world. This is why one gets the impression that we have much more crime than other countries.”
Let’s agree Zuma was speaking figuratively when he said “we South Africans are also crazy about football…” but what was he saying when he said other country media outlets are “patriotic and are far less interested in things that could damage their countries’ reputations in the world.” Isn’t it really dumb to dismiss and blame the poor reputation of a country on media reports?
6. Jimmy Manyi – On Colored South Africans
As the then director-general of labor Jimmy in March 2010 revealed to the South African colored that about a million of them might lose their job when the amendments to the Employment Equity Act (EEA) became law except if they carry-on the duty of equally re-distributing themselves. See his ideal solution to the marginalized colored South Africans:
“I think it’s very important for colored people in this country to understand that South Africa belongs to them in totality, not just the Western Cape. So this over-concentration of coloreds in the Western Cape is not working for them. They should spread in the rest of the country … so they must stop this over-concentration situation because they are in over-supply where they are so you must look into the country and see where you can meet the supply.”
7. Late Steve Tshwete And Penuell Maduna – On Rape
The late minister of safety and security, and the former minister of justice and constitutional development, Penuell Maduna were confronted with a statistic that said “one person is raped in South Africa every 26 seconds” on the American television program “60 minutes”. And in the typical ANC way, they attempted, but embarrassingly debunked the obvious rape problem of South Africa as exaggerated. See their illogical and indiscreet response beneath:
“We’ve been standing here for 26 seconds and nobody has been raped.”
The smile on their faces as the statement was made showed that they thought their response was wise.