“I thought he is an ANC member. The ANC's policy of freedom charter states that there must be free education. Where does he get the audacity to dispute the ANC because we made a collective agreement, where was he?
“I would understand if he was criticising the ANC and not me,” said Zuma.
This after Nzimade told parliament’s standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) that Zuma’s announcement on free education had undermined the work of the Heher Commission, exposed NSFAS weaknesses and increased the number of beneficiaries.
The former president also attacked Nzimande in this capacity as general secretary of the SACP.
“The worst part is that he is the general secretary of a party, that is fighting for socialism so that poor people can live.
“I want you to help me and tell him to do his job and leave me alone. I don't want to be disrespectful of him and remind him of who he really is. I am sending a message through you, that he must leave me alone. He must stop provoking me.”
The former president told the league that his decision to defy the Constitutional Court's order to appear before the state capture inquiry was as a result of its chair, deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo.
“Angikaze ngale. Ningasho ukuthi haw lensizwa isingiyihlongandlebe ukuthi hhayi, kwasuke kwathinthwa ilungelo lam, engalilwela,” he said, which loosely translates to: “I have never refused. Don't say this man has become a rebel, it's just that my right, which I fought for, was violated.”
“I can't respect a judge that does that. The judge must respect itself first, by ensuring that the constitution works accordingly.”