Concerned former ANC secretary-general Cheryl Carolus laments on the devastating state of the ruling party and blames it on President Zuma saying he only polarizes the party instead of uniting it.
Carolus who was speaking in an interview with EWN, said that adding up all the costs of the legal matters Zuma has faced since pre-Polokwane (when he was elected), it amounts to hundreds of millions of rands of taxpayers’ money.
“I’m telling you, it’s over a billion rand, in legal costs,” Carolus said.
“All from one person – who should be the most exemplary citizen of this country – who has taken this country into the most divisive period of politics that the country or the ANC has ever seen or imagined,” she added.
According to her, Zuma is “capable of good judgement” and has exhibited such in the past. However, she said that he needs to take a “step back, and see what he is putting (the ANC) through”.
“He’s asking branches to look at his misdemeanors, and make decisions on his behalf. The biggest problem…is he is abdicating responsibility for his own personal wrongs, and making it a national crisis.” she said as she reiterates how she often sought the counsel of Zuma while she was the party’s secretary-general.
Carolus was the ANC deputy secretary-general between 1994 and 1997, and served as the acting secretary-general of the party between 1997 and 1998.
Speaking further on how the party has spent over a billion rand on Zuma’s casses Carlous said Zuma is prepared to divide the ANC on something that he has acknowledged he was wrong about. She also believes the president has not apologized sufficiently for the matters he faces
“We have never seen or imagined that one individual can divide us, not around policies, not around values, but around misdemeanors that personally has to do in fact with his personal enrichment or benefit. Not one of them is a matter of principle or policy, and I resent that.”
Carlous therefore like many others, called for Zuma to step down and stop wasting the party’s time and taxpayers money defending him and his misdemeanors. She also added that Zuma’s resignation will not only save his reputation as the most exemplary citizen of this country, but would also allow the ANC to re-find its real purpose