Zuma speaks in riddles
PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma yesterday admitted that the ANC was at a "crossroads" over leadership issues and warned the party's detractors against bad-mouthing it.
Speaking at the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union's policy conference yesterday, Zuma cautioned those who attack the party against "talking about us every day in the wrong way", saying " they must not push us".
The president bemoaned the erosion of "a particular type of leadership", and constantly referred to the late SACP secretary-general Moses Kotane, as the type of leadership the country needed.
Zuma continued, lambasting people who seemed to undermine the country's leadership.
"I said one day, not long ago, we don't want to tell people where they come from. We don't want to remind them. But they keep on talking about us every day in the wrong way. They might just force us to describe them very correctly, but we don't want to do so.
"We have a noble objective to build this country." He said South Africa would be in trouble if discussion moved away from the issues facing the country, to individuals.
He also encouraged discussion of the party's "second transition" document, which describes the ANC as the way to address the inequalities of the past.
He said: "The structure of the apartheid economy has remained ... it [the document] takes a long-term view of the future of our country. We shaped and determined the type and nature of our leadership. We did that, but today because there's freedom, every person wants to shape the future of this country because it is [now] nice. There is freedom, there is democracy.
"Shaping it, while participating in it [under apartheid], meant among other things, death. Many who talk more than anyone today, did not want to come near."
The ruling party will hold its national policy conference at the end of the month.