'Zuma waging a dirty campaign'

If the plot to assassinate Jacob Zuma is a hoax, then the SAPS and NIA must investigate all those implicated.

If the plot to assassinate Jacob Zuma is a hoax, then the SAPS and NIA must investigate all those implicated.

Such a trick to mobilise public sympathy for Zuma exposes how dirty the campaign to have him as the next leader of the ANC has become.

First, Bulelani Ngcuka was dubbed a spy because he was investigating Zuma, Mac Maharaj, Schabir Shaik and other leaders in the ANC. It was also Zuma who publicly said there was a conspiracy to block him from becoming the next ANC president. He was asked to provide evidence, which he has failed to do.

Then came the hoax emails aimed at creating a wedge between the Xhosa- and Zulu-speaking leaders of the party. Clearly, people are using tribalism to gain support for Zuma.

It is high time that Zuma engaged in a clean campaign if he wants to be elected ANC president. His campaign always falters because he uses dirty methods either to galvanise sympathy or to portray himself as a victim of a conspiracy.

He knows how those who support him will blindly react. Unfortunately for him, the hoax plot was exposed early. What will convince ANC members to trust Zuma as an honest leader?

Noble Zondi, Durban

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