The Youth Wing of South Africa’s ruling African National
Congress (ANC) party has described as a commendable leadership act ANC
President Jacob Zuma’s statement that he holds no grudge against people who
despised him ahead of the Polokwane conference. Zuma was elected president of
the ANC at the Polokwane conference after defeating incumbent Thabo Mbeki who
was running for an unprecedented third term as party leader. Zuma reportedly
said he would not punish those ministers under the current administration who
insulted him and questioned his leadership qualities before the succession
battle with Mbeki. Some political observers say Zuma’s gesture could go a long
way in healing alleged rifts within the rank-and-file of the party. Zizi Kodwa
is the spokesman for the ruling ANC Youth Wing. He tells reporter Peter Clottey
from Durban, South Africa that Zuma has once again demonstrated his
inspirational leadership abilities.
is the kind of leadership qualities that Jacob Zuma has, and the thought has
inspired us to speak about him and to have him as a president because people
can do all these other things on the basis of immediate challenges. But
obviously, that kind of leadership does not have vengeance and therefore we are
inspired of the fact that even some of the people who abused organs of state,
departments and their positions in government, and persecuted Jacob Zuma, and
he is prepared to work with them. It is quite an inspirational thing,” Kodwa
denied there was a rift in the party after the Polokwane conference that saw
Jacob Zuma being elected as ANC president.
I don’t know if there is a rift, but I think that as people who’ve got
different opinions on a number of issues, there is an acceptance that
contestation was prevalent in Polokwane and therefore we are no longer dealing
with that, we now have a new leader and that leader is Jacob Zuma,” he said.
said the ANC president has people within the ANC he could choose in his new
cabinet when elected president of South Africa.
Zuma doesn’t have his own people, he has got the ANC. And if they are good cadres in the current government who have
done well and who have performed and there are many of such, what’s the point
of changing faces when we’ve got people in the context of continuity and
change, you may need to sustain and maintain some of those people,” Kodwa
said the ANC president would continue implementing the policies of the ruling
party that current state President Thabo Mbeki has been embarking upon.
the only area of difference could be the emphasis on a number of policy
imperatives,” he sad.
reiterated that the ANC president would only implement policies of the ruling
Jacob Zuma doesn’t have his own policies. Whatever he speaks to ought to be the
policies of the ANC. So, you’ve got to understand first and foremost the
economic policies of the ANC, and the intonation as to what it seeks to achieve
as an immediate strategic task facing the people,” Kodwa noted.