“Don’t push me too far” Zuma to ANC NEC


President Jacob Zuma is reported to have lashed at his detractors in the ANC, threatening that they should not “push him too far”.

He’s said to have told the NEC at this weekend’s meeting that he would no longer be quiet in the face of growing public attack from within the party.

“I have been quiet because I don’t want to harm the ANC, so continue attacking me in the media and you will see,” Zuma is quoted saying to the ANC NEC.

What does the President mean and what is it that he knows about his fellow comrades that he would tell if they continued to display the ill-discipline of attacking him in the media? There seems to be something the President has up his sleeve and which he can unleash against members of the NEC.

What skeletons are there in the ANC Members’ Cupboards?

Late last year, the much media hype that the ANC veterans would ask Zuma to step down following a meeting with him and the Top Six, fell completely flat leaving supporters of regime change agents reeling in shock.

Even those who support the president still wondered what could have transpired in a meeting which the veterans entered with such gusto that the only media narrative served to the public was that they would emerge having convinced Zuma to exit for the sake of the ANC and the country.

What happened, rumour has it, is that the president, sitting in front of his comrades reminded them that the ANC was not founded and run on rumours.

He apparently told the veterans that many in the ANC had unsubstantiated stories about them which had not been entertained in the ANC.

He supposedly explained that the state capture report had been nothing but rumours published in newspapers.

With that he looked at one of the veterans and whipped out a rumour about his ascendancy to the UDF leadership and reminded him that such rumours were known and had never been acted upon or used against him.

To add drama, the story goes, the president then asked everyone in the room if they wanted him to continue. Most were happy he didn’t continue because in truth there are many rumours that run in the ANC and even those whose names may not have come up on that day weren’t interested to hear anymore.

The story may well be just rumour but something happened in that meeting that took the wind out of the veterans’ sails. They emerged saying they never asked for the president to leave office but pronounced their willingness to work within the ANC to restore its glory.

And so instead of calls for regime change we got to hear that there were factions even within the concerned veterans. The group that had gone to the meeting was supposedly not the one that was calling for regime change. The one that met Zuma was never going to ask for him to step down, we were told.

With that battle taken care of, the ANC seemed to have, for a few days at least, come to some level of unity. With those leading the regime change campaign feeling a little vulnerable, the entire campaign to recall the president from within seemed thwarted. And then there was the festive season and plans for the 105th anniversary celebrations took centre stage.

Under the theme Unity in Action, the ANC hit the New Year running with a string of events and mini rallies to mobilise the ANC faithful to attend the celebrations at Orlando Stadium in Soweto, Gauteng.

The big question however is whether the unity which the ANC so desperately needs will hold until at the least, the elective conference in December.

Gauteng under the chairmanship of Paul Mashatile is the only province which defied the NEC’s call to support President Jacob Zuma after the Concourt ruling on Nkandla but he also personally joined forces with regime change agents, SaveSA in a protest action held in Pretoria at the beginning of November last year.

If the story about what transpired in the meeting between the ANC top six and the veterans isnt true, the bit about rumours not being used against members of the ANC is certainly true. Mashatile has for many years been linked to what was referred to as the Alex Mafia – a group said to have ANC links and which was benefiting from all the government deals in the province. These allegations have never been proven but they persist and have occupied substantial newspaper column space.

2016 saw a litany of formations from within the ANC calling for the axe to fall on Zuma. The campaign started early last year; by April Masupatsela a Ntate Sisulu – a group of children of ANC exiles – were calling on the president to leave office. It’s not clear whether the group still exists and attempts to get a response from its leader, Shaka Sisulu came to nought.

By mid-year there were voices from individuals described as “stalwarts” or “veterans”, (descriptions were sometimes used interchangeably on the same person) who later formed themselves into a civil-society group, SaveSA. Among them are BEE beneficiaries of former President Thabo Mbeki’s era who are said to be highly irritated by Zuma’s leadership; an irritation sparked largely by his axing of former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene the year before and the resultant loss of money when the rand plummeted during that time.

This is a group of people whose battle is not so much about the restoration of the soul of the ANC but more about their personal economic self-preservation. Sipho Pityana, Chairman of Anglo American Ashanti, for example, whose campaign was launched from the funeral of Stofile Makhenkesi no less, represents the Oppenheimer legacy – one of the most brutal dynasties on the African, not only in South Africa but across the continent. Their industry and wealth has been propped-up by the blood of Africans through land theft, exploitation, violence and fuelling of wars. The question is what Pityana has done for these Africans, hundreds of thousands of them, killed underground, poisoned and not paid by his masters? As the messiah concerned about the direction the ANC is taking, surely he must also have grave concern for his fellow Africans. He couldnt support miners in their quest for a minimum wage of R12500 per month. He and his fellow campaigners have been modelled as the saviours of SA, a noble cause if it wasn’t so one-sided and smirked of double standards and sheer hypocrisy.

By the end of 2016, even the ANC Chief Whip, Jackson Mthembu, and several ministers had called for the president’s resignation. When their campaign failed, they didn’t do the honourable thing and resign. Who wants to be led by a dishonourable man and why? This bunch seemingly don’t mind but the real answer to why they remain within may lie in those skeletons in the cupboards, most of which will prove to be financially beneficial more than anything else. The President cant at this stage, have another cabinet reshuffle and the likes of Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi know, this hence he could yesterday, vote against the President. It’s six months to the elective conference and this bid to oust the President at all costs points to one thing; white monopoly capitalists are just too afraid their chosen candidate may not make it and want to use the next few months to ensure their man is at the helm when the next elections take place. They lost once, against former President Thabo Mbeki, and they are not about to do it now!

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  1. PM, My apologies to Khaya FM For, Actually these people were (‘Clever Blacks’) were speaking in Power FM

  2. We are not going to allow WMC puppets like the EFF, Mmusi Maimane, Sipho Pityana, the SACC, and all other Counter Revolutionaries like Blade Ndzimande and company and the so-called ‘Stalwarts’ to destroy the ANC by their call to remove the Democratically Elected President.
    People like Julias Malema, Sipho Pityana and Mmusi Maimane, Pravin Gordhan and their ilk are motivated by greed and had never felt the brunt of apartheid, they read about it in newspapers and they want to take us back there.
    As long as the WMC is paying a good money, they are very prepared to sell us out with the help of gullible and brainwashed ‘Clever Blacks’ mostly from Gauteng and the Western Cape.
    Progressive and Smart People who comment on Uncensored Opinion, members of BLF, Listeners of ANN7 and Readers of the New Age and all other Johaan Rupert controlled media platforms to separate the truth from fake news (fiction) are critical thinkers who know that State Capture is a fiercely contested territory whereby no one family can Capture the State before it defeats its fierce opponents.
    But foolish ‘Clever Blacks’ don’t ask themselves whether the Gupta Family has defeated all other powerful WMC families who have interests and have captured the Treasury forever, as the narrative will like us to believe that they are the only family capturing our Government.
    I have been listening to Khaya FM this morning on my way to work and the Lines were opened where the ANC (Leadership) was discussed.
    ‘Clever Blacks’ were asking questions like “If the ANC is complaining about the 98% Coal supplied by whites and only 2% is supplied by blacks. Who must fix that? They are in power. Why are they complaining? They must fix it.
    And the other one comes and asks; If the white man has raped hundred times, must we then say I must be left alone when I do the same because the white man has done it?
    I said to myself; Are these guys for real? I can’t believe their Ignorance.
    They speak like they have got two mouths and one ear to listen.
    Brian Molefe and Dr. Ben Ngubane are being harassed by the DA and all other WMC surrogates because they want to end that White Companies’ monopoly of supplying Escom coal.
    And no one has ever said that, if White Companies are doing corruption, no matter how many times, then African People must emulate them. NO! The law must take its cause it that case.
    Black empowerment is not about blacks emulating whites but, it is about helping them to access economic opportunities denied to them by greedy White Monopoly Capitalists (Colonialists).
    We still waiting to see how will cases of the Fixing of Rand Exchange Rate by the Banks and the Looting of Treasury by Former Finance Ministers and their friends will unfold. But no ‘Clever Black’ is questioning that.
    You see, their (‘Clever Blacks’) hatred of one man in the ANC has clouded their reasoning. They don’t listen, they just speak.
    We will never forsake ‘Clever Blacks’ but we will always engage them until they see the light.

  3. The true revolutionary vanguard forsake his class, family and become one of the masses he is to lead.not fake butter nuts.

  4. Dear PK
    What about the ANN7 expose treasury report??? Damming but the main media houses didnt report it.

    1. Mainstream media reported on the ANN7 but made it sound like unsubstantiated claims. I didn’t watch the programme and so cant analyse the story.



  5. President Zuma is a true leader he needs the support of the 11 million plus that put him to lead.Brave Zuma is not new to the struggle.

    1. I think we may see many of the compromised ANC NEC members silent as they are and waiting for Zuma to conclude his term.

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