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By unknown | Sep 29, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Ido Lekota

ANC leader Jacob Zuma says his party remains the only one that can deliver the majority of South Africans from the miseries of poverty and inequality created by years of apartheid and oppression.

Speaking at the South African Communist Party conference in Johannesburg at the weekend, Zuma said his party, together with its alliance partners, would work flat-out to ensure the ANC won the coming election convincingly so that it could improve on its "already exceptional record of service delivery".

"Together, as an alliance, we will prove that there is no alternative to the ANC. Nobody has a better programme than the ANC," he said.

Zuma's remarks came in the wake of media reports that some disgruntled ANC members wanted to form a new party after the axing of former president Thabo Mbeki.

Former cabinet ministers, known to be Mbeki supporters, have been linked to the initiative.

They include Essop Pahad, Mosiuoa Lekota and deputy justice minister Mluleki George, who were strong Mbeki lobbyist's during the party's Polokwane conference in December. They have all denied complicity.

A political analyst said yesterday that those who wanted to split had the right to do so, but he was sceptical about such an initiative succeeding.

Zuma blamed the media of creating the impression that there was a crisis in the country after Mbeki's was recalled.

He said what happened was part of a democratic process in which leaders who fall out of favour with the people who put them in power usually resign.

"In many democracies around the world it is a normal procedure in the hustle and bustle of politics, based on the understanding that cadres serve at the pleasure of their parties," Zuma said.

"Comrade Mbeki understood it in this context as well. The organisation followed all the democratic and constitutional processes to effect that democratic decision of the NEC.

"It was not a pleasant decision. It can never be."

He said the organisation had to take such action to allow the country to move forward and focus on service delivery and the improvement of the lives of citizens.

"We tested the maturity of our democracy and democratic institutions," he claimed.


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