Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
ANC president Jacob Zuma says he will never let South Africans down.
Speaking yesterday in Greytown, near Umsinga, yesterday, Zuma said he would never change from the Zuma that people have known for years.
"I will remain the same Gedley'hlekisa from Inkandla," he said.
"I want to thank all the ANC delegates that kept to the mandate of their branches and elected me as the president. I won't let you down.
"I did not do it in the past and will not do it this time. I want to assure you that I will never shy away from discussing and meeting with ordinary people now that I am a president."
He was applauded by people who had come out in numbers.
Zuma said many people had been envious and some, especially intellectuals, were still envious.
"They were saying and some are still saying where have you seen an uneducated person running a country?" Zuma said.
"But I want to assure everyone that nothing sinister will happen. No one questioned me when I was fighting for the freedom that today we all enjoy.
"No one said Zuma is not educated, why is he fighting for freedom, but today they are raising concerns about the standard of my education."
The ANC president said it was members of the ANC and the people of this country whom he would always listen to.
"I want you to know that you will have access to me like before," he said. "Nothing will change now that I am a president.
"I want you to tell me when I am losing direction, when I am doing something wrong because it is you who have elected me to represent your needs, your wants."