Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
Your article "Zuma must choose" in Sowetan of November 21 was meant to spin confusion and ultimately rubbish those who are sympathetic with and want Jacob Zuma to lead both the ANC and the country.
Eric Naki's analysis of the so-called succession debate is way off the mark. Just weeks ahead of the Polokwane conference, this is unfortunate. The conference is important for a number of reasons. Apart from electing the party leadership, the ANC's programme for the next five years will be discussed. This will give the movement and the rank and file time to take stock of itself and chart a new way forward as we advance and deepen the national democratic revolution.
The insinuations that if Zuma is elected ANC president in Limpopo, it will be the first time in history that a leader of both the party and the country will be preoccupied with court appearances, is mischievous.
Naki should know better. In 1995, the president of the ANC and the country, Nelson Mandela, was dragged to court by rugby supremo Louis Luyt on matters related to the transformation of rugby.
It is also incorrect to insinuate that the general secretaries of Cosatu and the SACP, Zwelinzima Vavi and Blade Nzimande, are supporting Zuma to buy themselves cabinet posts. Nzimande served in Mandela's administration and was chairman of the portfolio committee on education.
When he was elected the SACP's general secretary, he resigned as a parliamentarian. Therefore, he chose to serve the working class and the poor. Even today, the party has no resources to sustain his salary, compared with what he was earning as a parliamentarian.
He has a PhD, and could have joined academia if he was driven by money.
As for Vavi, he has said many times that he has no ambitions to be in government. He is committed to serve the cause of the workers and the poor of our country.
Cabinet or government perks are not appealing to these two and other leaders. What is important is the continuation of the struggle for a better life for all.
Castro NgobeseYoung Communist League