President Jacob Zuma has reacted to people’s criticism of his administrations and at those who attribute every problem in the country to him.
Speaking during an Oliver Tambo lecture at Kagiso, west of Johannesburg, the President chose to deviate a little from his lecture into politics in general, particularly with the ones that involve his administration.
To those who criticise him for every ill that happens in the country, Zuma said they don’t understand what he calls the balance of forces.
He also made it clear that the country, South Africa is currently famous for thinking that every problem is caused by him
“Even when someone has lost a shoelace, the problem is Zuma. When there’s a drought, they say it’s because of Zuma,” the President said, adding that he could not wait to step down as ANC president in December because that would be the right time he would have to respond to those who talk nonsense about him and the party.
“I will have time to talk to branches in whatever way I want. I am very happy that I am leaving my position in December,”
Reacting to his detractors, President Zuma also said that after the December elective conference he will have a chance to deal with those who spoke ill of him.
“As a president, I have to uphold the values of the ANC. I have to maintain a certain standard, but after December, when someone insults me, I will have an opportunity to talk back. At conferences, I will be an ordinary delegate like everyone else.”
Zuma’s words come amid preparations ahead of the December elective conference of the governing African National Congress which is meant to see the rise of a new leadership.
The race for the presidency is shaping up as deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa continues to battles it out with the former African Union Commission head Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
The other presidential contenders, including Mathews Phosa, Jeff Radebe, Lindiwe Sisulu, Baleka Mbete and Zweli Mkhize, are all competing for a distant third.