Following the commencement of the ruling party’s much-anticipated elective conference which is expected to produce new party president and other leaders, President Jacob Zuma has dropped a heart-warming message for his critics.
Addressing Business leaders’ diplomats and politicians on Friday night at a Gala Dinner organized by the African National Congress (ANC), Zuma, first of all, 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.
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 at the huge Hall 5 of the Nasrec Expo Centre. The event was attended by business people, ambassadors, diplomats, ANC national executive committee members, ministers and journalists.
Also in attendance were ANC presidential frontrunners MP Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, President Zuma’s wife Thobeka Zuma, labour federation Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini, ANC outgoing treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize.
In his speech, Zuma also praised ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete who is currently in Zimbabwe to represent the ANC at the ZANU-PF conference, despite not being nominated for the top post.
Touching on the ANC elective conference, the president gushed about the party having seven candidates competing for the presidency.
“Is there any organisation in our country that can have seven candidates? Not a single one. Only the ANC. There are seven people but only one position. And once one of them has been elected, we will all unite behind that. I’m ready to be led by whoever got elected,” the president stated.
Unlike his conduct at previous such occasions, the president did not offer any song or dance at the party organized to bid him farewell after serving a decade as ANC party president.