JOHANNESBURG – The ANC Veterans League has appealed to delegates to vote for a credible leader who will be able to unite the party and rebuild the country’s economy.
The league’s president Snuki Zikalala said they did not believe in factions and would not be drawn into supporting one but has called for the election of leaders who are not tainted.
“The person we want to see emerging is one who is credible, has impeccable credentials, not tainted with corruption, this person must be committed to the values and principles of the ANC. That is the person we want,” he said.
Zikalala was speaking to the media on the sidelines of the second day of the elective conference at Nasrec. He said the person who emerges should be one who has solid ideas on how to turn the economy and education system around.
“A person who will be able to build the ANC and come out of here united and solid as a rock. Turn the economy of the country around because there is high unemployment in the country, our education system is in a crisis. We want a person who will come out with very clear solid ideas on how to implement ANC policies,” said Zikalala.
The two front-runners for the position are Cyril Ramaphosa and Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The conference has been marred by delays with rumours from inside indicating plans are in motion to collapse it. It is said Ramaphosa’s faction is pushing for the collapse and has convinced four provinces to support the notion. A source said they don’t have the numbers and called for the chairperson’s meeting to collapse the conference.
Provinces said to be in support of the motion are Gauteng, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and they are trying to lure Limpopo which is not in agreement yet.
Zikalala said the league would not allow for that to happen.
“Conference won’t collapse, veterans won’t allow the conference to collapse. If it does it will mean our glorious organisation will be in a crisis. We will try our level best to ensure this conference doesn’t collapse,” he said.
Zikalala further added that they would welcome President Jacob Zuma into the organisation when he steps but he would have to follow due process. He did not want to comment on statements made by Zuma in his organisational report that the league should not be part of the problems facing the party but instead be the voice of reason.
“What the President said yesterday, that is his own personal views and of course now that he is stepping down and he said he will be a member of the veteran’s league, he is most welcome. We will sit down because he must apply to be a member and from there attend our meetings,” said Zikalala.