South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has lamented former ANC leaders criticising the party, saying only cowards do not raise issues on internal platforms.
Addressing the ANC’s elective conference in Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal, Zuma suggested they had contributed to problems while still part of the leadership.
Former deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe has severely criticised the ANC leadership recently, saying the party is currently made up of members and leaders devoid of the political ability to maintain a united and non-racial society. Zuma says those who have chosen to be outside of the ANC should keep quiet.
“And these comrades were part of the leadership. Some of them were Secretary Generals. You can only say if the ANC is weak, they weakened it when they were in the leadership of the ANC. Why now they have wisdom and everything when they are sitting out there, when they were here we did not see that wisdom? Others are pastors, they must go and preach in the church and leave politics. We are not going to keep quiet forever,” says Zuma.