JOHANNESBURG, President Jacob Zuma is expected to appeal a Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruling that the Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, should be the one to appoint a new National Director of Public Prosecutions.
Zuma also advised the future leader of the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) to focus on uniting the party, when he spoke to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Friday, ahead of the ANC’s 54th National Elective Conference, which begins at Nasrec, Johannesburg, on Saturday.
Zuma is stepping down as ANC president after serving two consecutive terms and Ramaphosa and ANC Member of Parliemant Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma are the frontrunners to succeed him as party leader.
Zuma said the ANC faced many challenges. We are here and the leader must participate and lead us in uniting the ANC. I believe we need to get rid of the factions. They are a wrong instrument in the organization,” he said.
We need a leader who is going to embrace other leaders and engage to be united. That leader must lead all of us and nobody must feel that this is not my leader.
President Zuma said he was ready to bow out as the leader of the ANC. One has had some responsibilities in the past but the time has come and I think I am happy and ready for it and I think the ANC is not running short of cadres to take on the baton,” he added.
I am ready also to bow out and be there as an ordinary member. I am going to be more active and going to have more time to make comments and no longer carrying responsibilities that at times you may not say things that would have said otherwise if you are not a president. So I will be having more freedom to speak or have what people say ‘freedom of speech’ after this.
The ANC president said it was “unfortunate” that ANC disputes had to be taken to court. The governing party lost three court cases in less than 24 hours.
The ANC Free State Provincial Conference was today declared unlawful and void. In KwaZulu Natal Province, the High Court in Pietermaritzburg upheld the nullification of the 2015 KZN ANC elective conference, and in North West Province, the ANC Bojanala regional conference was declared invalid.
It’s unfortunate that our constitutional democracy in a sense has opened that kind of people going to court. My view is that instead of political discussions and persuasions, which dominate democracy in our country, we have taken our democracy to the other extreme. It’s unfortunate because it is even giving people a wrong impression that democracy is a terrible system that we have got to be in court all the time.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK