The ruling party has once again revealed its plans to remain in office despite all calls for the party’s leader Zuma to step down. In his speech on workers day celebration, president Jacob Zuma said ANC must retain its leading role in the municipal elections or the country will be left in the hands of anarchists in a period of violence.
The president who was speaking at the COSATU Mayday rally in Mamelodi, called on workers to unite and rally behind the African National Congress (ANC) because the party has fought for the plight of workers thanks to the success of the tripartite alliance.
He called on workers to keep off political parties who are creating disunity and anarchy and expose their agendas and cling to the ruling party because a vote for the ANC is a vote for continued peace and unity but if the ANC loses the country will be in big trouble.
“The ANC will never turn against workers’ interests, never. All programmes of the ANC are designed to make the country a better place for the poor and the working class.” Zuma said.
“It is only when Cosatu and the party vote for the ANC that the ANC can stay and we can push for a better South Africa.”
President Zuma however, promised to deal with parties that are promoting violence as he urged voters to stay away from parties promoting the use of violence.
Though the president did not refer directly to any party, we could recall that the leader of the EFF, Malema, stated that his party would take up arms against the ANC its needs be.
The president says destruction of property during protests negatively impacts on jobs. “Let us unite as South Africans against such despicable behavior. Grievances should be expressed peacefully and we have a right to protest.” he added.
“The ANC will never turn against workers’ interests. All programs of the ANC are designed to make the country a better place.”
Meanwhile, Cosatu, Sanco and the SACP who also addressed the rally, pledged their support for the ANC to campaign for the majority party.
Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini said the federation has expelled people for wrong doing and members should not be misled by them. “They used to be the darling of the workers.”