Sunday, January 10, 2016

Zuma: The ANC Must Be Given Space to Govern
Saturday 9 January 2016 - 2:02pm
Contributors: Lenyaro Sello

Photo: ANC leadership, including President Jacob Zuma, greet supporters at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rusternburg, North West. It was during the party's 104 annivesary celebrations on 09 January 2015. Photo: eNCA / Lenyaro Sello.

RUSTENBURG - African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma on Saturday said the party must be given “space to govern.”

He condemned what he termed “obstructions to government.”

“You can’t lose elections and hope to interrupt and obstruct the government that has been elected by the people through taking every issue to court or disrupting Parliament,” said Zuma.

In 2015, the National Assembly was interrupted several times resulting in police being called into the National Assembly to control rising tensions.

Trouble began early in 2014 when Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members interrupted Zuma’s state of the nation address chanting “pay back the money.”

That was in relation to the Public Protector’s report which stated that Zuma should pay back some of the money used for upgrades at his private home in Nkandla, KwaZulu Natal.

“The party that wins elections must be given space to govern. The ANC must be given space to govern – this is the fundamental basic principle of democracy and is practiced throughout the world that is why it is called the majority rule,” said Zuma.

He was addressing thousands of ANC supporters gathered at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, North West.

The party is celebrating its 104th anniversary.

Zuma also used the opportunity to once again call on the ANC Youth League to defend the movement “at all times.”

“They must focus on mobilising to become active agents of economic empowerment education and social up-upliftment,” he said.

Also at the top of Zuma’s agenda was factionalism in the ANC.

The issue was discussed at length during the party’s National General Council in October.

“Tendencies such as factionalism, careerism, gatekeeping, arrogance of power patronage – have no place in the ANC,” said Zuma.

He added: “We also wish to remind those who continue to perpetuate division and counter-revolution within our movement that there is no place for them.”

More needs to be done to realise ANC founders' vision, says Zuma

Saturday 9 January 2016 - 5:55am

RUSTENBURG - There was much more that needed to be done to fully realise the vision of the founders of the African National Congress (ANC), party president Jacob Zuma said on Friday night.

“There is much more we need to do to lift all of our people out of poverty, to ensure that all have education and skills, that all have work, and that all may live safe, secure and comfortable lives.

“We have yet to correct the historical injustices of dispossession, economic disempowerment and exploitation,” he said at the party’s 104th anniversary gala dinner in Sun City near Rustenburg in the North West.

The ANC turned 104 on Friday, with massive celebrations planned for the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Phokeng near Rustenburg on Saturday. Over 120,000 people were expected to gather at various venues around Rustenburg.

“We have yet to achieve a society in which the people share in the country’s wealth. We have yet to achieve a society in which the land is shared among those who work it,” Zuma said.

“It is for this reason that we have entered a new phase in our struggle, in which we have placed the achievement of radical economic transformation at the centre of all our efforts.”

He said the ANC, as the oldest liberation movement in Africa, continued to carry the hopes and aspirations of the people of South Africa.

“The movement was founded on this day in 1912 by men and women who sought to banish the divisions and jealousies among the people of this country and uproot the demon of racialism and tribalism.

“They dreamed of a better society, one in which all would be equal, not only in law, but also in wealth and opportunity.

"Today, more than a century later, we continue to pursue that vision.”

He said after a long and heroic struggle by the people of South Africa, they had realised the cherished goal of a democratic nation founded on the principles of non-racialism, non-sexism and equality.

“We have reduced poverty and created opportunities for millions of our people,” he added.

Zuma would, on Saturday, present the annual January 8th Statement of the ANC’s National Executive Committee.

The statement would identify the central challenges, responsibilities and tasks of the ANC for the year ahead.

Zuma said as the party celebrated its 104th anniversary, it would focus on the challenges and tasks that lay before it.

“We will continue this year to build the ANC and the Alliance. We will emphasise the responsibility of ANC members and leaders to promote activism in society.

“We expect our cadres to earn the respect of their peers and society at large through their exemplary conduct. They must be informed by values of honesty, hard work, humility, service to the people and respect for the laws of the land,” he said.

“We must work together to defeat patronage, the arrogance of power, bureaucratic indifference and corruption. We must serve the people selflessly and tirelessly.”

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