Following the tension created by the 9 wasted years comment in DAVOS, leading to the party hierarchy singing in discordant tunes, a top brass of the ruling party has warned against discussing Zuma’s legacy in public.
Former President Jacob Zuma’s staunch ally, Supra Mahumapelo, has pleaded with ANC leaders – those for and against Zuma – to stop debating his legacy in public.
Mahumapelo expressed his views just a day after Zuma took to Twitter to defend his nine years in office as head of state.
He was responding to recent comments made by his successor, Cyril Ramaphosa, and Finance Minister Tito Mboweni about the country’s “nine lost years”. Ramaphosa often indicated that the period was one in which the country and the ANC had lost their moral compasses.
But Zuma hit back via Twitter, posting that, when he took over as leader, he “never once blamed any predecessor or pointed to any perceived failing of any predecessor”.
“I do not believe we have betrayed that trust and I remain proud of much of what we and the country achieved over the past decade. Could we have done more? Yes. Could it have been better? Yes. Was it a wasted decade? No,” Zuma posted.
Mahumapelo spoke to journalists during a lunch adjournment at the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg where he and others are challenging the party’s decision to disband the North West provincial executive committee (PEC).
He said he wished all leaders would not air their views on the matter.
“We will continue to face difficulties and we will make mistakes along the way and our responsibilities is to promise South Africans that we will forever work on improving on our mistakes, instead of pointing fingers,” said Mahumapelo.
“Imagine if we started from Langalibalele Dube and point out every mistake that was there over the past 107 years, the ANC would not move forward,” he added, referring to the party’s first president.
Mahumapelo blamed some of the country’s challenges on colonialism and apartheid, and acknowledged that there was no way of perfecting leadership.
Mahumapelo, known for his close relationship with the former president, said the blame game was not a direction South Africa should be taking.