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Former President Jacob Zuma


The ANC Veterans League unequivocally supports the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) decision to recall President Zuma. This was not an easy decision taken by the ANC NEC.
Talks between the ANC top six who were sent by the ANC National Working Committee started in earnest early January this year.
The top six was mandated by ANC National Working Committee to request the president of the Republic, Jacob Zuma, to resign voluntarily as he faced a vote of no confidence and or a possible impeachment from Members of Parliament. The president of the Republic was informed that ANC members in parliament this time around were going to vote with the opposition. Secondly, if the impeachment process kicked in and it succeeded in parliament, he stood to lose all his ‘hard earned’ benefits.
The President seemed not to be at all concerned as he still believed that Members of Parliament would still defend him as they did over the pas four years. He told the officials that it is only the NEC that can recall him. The NEC met over the weekend and rejected his proposal that he should be given extra three months for him to attend AU meetings and the BRICS Sessions slated to take place in South Africa. The NEC would have none of this.
To this end, the Veterans League supports the NEC decision to recall the President as he faces a number of alleged criminal charges. Some are directly linked to alleged corruption at the State Owned companies. With the State Capture inquiry led by Deputy Chief Justice Zondo, the President of the Republic Jacob Zuma may be called as a witness during the inquiry. With the coming elections in 2019 and the ANC currently enjoying a revival and renewal mood from the masses, the markets being positive, his mere appearance at the Commission of inquiry would dampen the recovery and renewal mood of society on our glorious organization and we are likely lose the 2019 elections.

Leaders come and go and society remains. All this is in the interest of the country.
As the ANC Veterans League, we support the new developments, with President Jacob Zuma agreeing to the recall and resigning forthwith.

We also welcome the election of Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa as the president of the country.
We support the ANC leadership in their fight against State Capture and corruption at State Owned Enterprises, their efforts at restoring the dignity and credibility of public institutions and enforcement agencies.
As ANC Veterans we will work tirelessly to restore the integrity and dignity of our glorious movement. We shall bring the ANC closer to the people, build our veterans branches as vibrant, dynamic units that take up the most pressing social and economic challenges in our communities.

By Snuki Zikalala
President of the ANC Veterans League

ANC Veterans Leauge


The ANC Veterans League profusely lauds the initiative by the country’s President Comrade Jacob Zuma and ANC President Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa in a bid to resolve the impasse on the smooth transition of power.The cancelled National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting could, in most probability, have resulted in the president being recalled immediately. His recall would have humiliated him and in the process, dented the country’s image and the ANC brand.
We have been officially informed that the discussion that took place between the two leaders were fruitful and constructive. This, we firmly believe, is all in the interest of the country and the ANC.
It is hoped that the transition of power would materialize sooner as the country and society needs stability and certainty. The Veteran’s League also commends the initiative taken by the Speakers of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete and Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Thandi Modise to postpone the State of the Nation Address (SONA) until further notice. The State of the Nation is a seminal event that gives society hope that we are prepared to deal with the serious challenges of corruption, lack of delivery of basic services, as
well as the propensity to boost investor confidence, help create jobs for the youth and deal with mass unemployment.

The Veterans League supports all efforts by the current leadership to unite society, get rid of gate keepers and factions, allow security establishment to deal with rotten tomatoes, renew the ANC and regain the lost confidence in our glorious movement. The sooner the smooth transition of power takes place, the better it is for the country and our glorious movement. As always, we stand ready to serve.

Snuki Zikalala
President of ANC Veterans League

Mkhuseli Jack Culprits being sniffed out

The post-Polokwane ANC’s policy of turning the ANC into being the vehicle of wealth accumulation for the leadership, its inner circle of crooked business persons, close families and the dominant faction reminds me of the classic isiXhosa fictional book, Umkhonto Ka Tshiwo by A P Ngani.

The book tells a story of how a thriving nation was nearly wiped off the face of the earth by a king who wanted his traditional healer, Dubulegeqa, to heal his sick daughter.

After seeing that the child was not recovering and was wasting away, he instructed Dubulegeqa to do anything to find the person responsible for his daughter’s illness.

The instruction to the killers, Magwaza and Khwane, was to kill the witch or witches, including their entire families.

After more than 20 MPs voted in favour of the motion to sack Jacob Zuma, the ANC finds itself in the same tragic predicament as Tshiwo in the book.

The mood in the Gupta camp currently is that the ANC must move fast and act swiftly against those who are said to have betrayed the state capture and corruption projects.

It is no secret that some of the best brains of the former glorious ANC are among those who voted in support of the motion of no confidence in Zuma.

The Gupta network has already identified key figures they accuse of being ringleaders of the humiliation of their projects.

This witch-hunt is certainly going to blow the ANC into unrecognisable political smithereens.

Since giving sound advice to the Gupta-controlled ANC is viewed as treason, nothing is going to stop them from their self-destructive path.

Being fortunate, in that I know that those that they target are the finest sons and daughters of this land, it can only be said it is indeed a tragedy that things could degenerate to this appalling situation.

Most of the targeted MPs excelled during the liberation struggle, in all aspects.

Expelling, victimising, humiliating and harming them will be the final nail in the coffin that the Guptas constructed for the ANC.

Let’s look at the scenario portrayed in Ngani’s 1970 story.

The killers were offered an added incentive, that they must share all the assets of the culprit/s among themselves.

The community in the village was excited by this decision since to them the killing of witches was “good riddance”.

Little did they know that the illness was not going to abate after all the known witches were quickly wiped out.

They did not anticipate that the ukuvumisa (sniffing) of the witches was going to come to them.

Through this process of eliminating the undesirables unfairly, the process was coming fast to everyone.

Starting with the least liked people, the purge ended with wiping out the best brains and talents, that included farmers, heroes, poets, eloquent speakers and music composers of the nation.

No improvement was noticeable in the child’s illness, to the point that Khwane and Magwaza started to listen to their consciences.

At a certain point they saw the futility of this action and decided not to continue the culling of their own people, since the nation was being totally depleted to the point that it became vulnerable to invasion by the surrounding hostile tribes.

Zuma’s ANC modus operandi and that of Tshiwo’s differ only in tactics for now.

Zuma’s brigade is smarter (for now) to a limited extent, in that they do not kill their opponents physically and directly (as yet).

However, in KwaZulu-Natal the picture is different and ugly.

That method used in the book wouldn’t have worked in today’s modern world, as it worked in Stalin’s Soviet Union, Mao Tse-Tung’s China, Idi Amini’s Uganda and PW Botha’s South Africa.

The ANC opted for a soft and debilitatingly cruel method of dealing with its deemed opponents. It purges, sidelines and isolates its best brains.

At the time of the Polokwane fiasco, state-owned enterprises (SOEs) were running pretty well, while some operated below average.

Problems then were restricted to managerial incompetence rather than the wholesale fleecing of these enterprises for the benefit of the ruling clique.

Board members were appointed across the country on their merits rather than on their political loyalties. That was the reason why some of them were starting to post some positive results.

Board members were being held accountable. Rules and governance issues were highly emphasised.

Those were the days when corporate governance was treated as a gospel by executives, both in the private and public sectors.

The fear of the effective and competent Scorpions prosecutorial entity made everyone deadly scared of breaking the law.

As everyone knows, after Polokwane, the scrapping of the Scorpions was the only resolution of that conference that was swiftly implemented with German precision.

The outcome is there for everyone to see.

Thieves who steal state assets are not being prosecuted.

It’s a free-for-all circus of mass looting, since there is no accountability of any kind.

Those who raised their voices inside and outside the ruling clique have been and are being condemned, intimidated and threatened. Ngani’s conclusion is talking to the MPs who defied the party instruction, who acted like the brave Khwane and Magwaza, by saving many lives under unhappy circumstances, to save the nation from the real threat. Nazo izenzo zoxolo ezingundoqo kwiinkokeli zokwenyani (Those are the peaceful deeds of genuine leaders).

About those who voted to retain a flawed, unfit and an improper president, we are reminded of the title of the Gibson Kente play, How Long.

Baleka Mbete

Baleka Mbete says the secrete ballot is in the best interests of the country

In a shocking and surprising move to South Africans National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete told parliament that her decision to hold the upcoming motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma via secret ballot is in the best interests of the country.

Baleka Mbete announced in Parliament that the eighth motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma will be through a secret ballot on Tuesday.

Mbete told the gathered media that it was important to listen to the doubts that society had expressed in Parliament and democracy recently.

“The people of South Africa look to Parliament to give direction during challenging times. We must dare not underestimate this privilege and responsibility.

“The people of South Africa also look to Parliament for signals of hope.

“I have considered the environment and heard voices expressing doubt in the integrity and values of our 20-year-old Constitution.”

Parliament therefore had to use the opportunity to show responsiveness to the people, she said.

“This decision is, therefore, in the best interest of the country,” she said.

Her duty as Speaker was to guard the integrity of the House, without fear or favour, and ensure the outcome of the vote was credible.

“It is with that in mind that this decision is also about putting the resilience of our democratic institution to test.

“Having considered all the factors, and mindful that this decision was not setting a precedent… I therefore determine that voting on the motion of no confidence in the president on August 8 will be by secret ballot.”

Mbete said she had taken all the requisite independent, legal and Constitutional factors into account in reaching her decision in a rational and balanced way

She took into account the Constitutional Court’s ruling that members of Parliament swear an oath to the Republic of South Africa and that there was no obligation for a member to swear allegiance to their political party.

Openness and transparency was the usual way in which Parliament conducted its work, and was important for society that the National Assembly operate in an open manner.

Openness demanded courage and boldness from Members of Parliament, and the electorate was entitled to know how the work of Parliament is worked out.

The court, however, indicated that there were exceptional circumstances where a secret ballot was permissible, in the event that the prevailing environment was “toxic or highly charged”.

No member could be subject to punitive measures if they had voted with their conscience.

Meanwhile the stalwarts and veterans called on members of Parliament to vote with their conscience.

“The stench of corruption is deep and broad. That this has and continues to damage the ANC’s electoral prospects is no longer in doubt. Whether our organisation can retain and regain the confidence of broader society will be determined by its ability to rid itself of the cancer of the political and economic corruption aided and abetted by key elements within the organisation.

We know you must share the concern that there has been a widespread failure of legislatures to hold the executives to account, as well as the failure of ANC structures to maintain relevant oversight, which has led to a vacuum that the opposition has just been too happy to fill,” said Murphy Morobe from the stalwarts and veterans.

The stalwarts and veterans reiterated that the motion of no-confidence in President Jacob Zuma is an inevitable outcome of the myriad scandals in which he has

regrettably embroiled himself and his office and which continue to dog him and his executive, with ongoing revelations that leave little doubt as to their veracity.

“To replace the obligation of advancing the ANC’s historic mission with the burden of defending the unacceptable and indefensible is inconceivable, but sadly that is the reality you are confronted with. But when the time comes for you to cast your vote on the motion of no confidence, it will ultimately come down to your own personal commitment to our country, and consequently the ANC, and a recognition that you are prepared to uphold and to help and contribute to the restoration of the highest ethical standards and values society expects of our organisation and its parliamentarians.

It is for this reason that as Stalwarts and Veterans of ANC we found it completely un-ANC and egregious for leaders of the ANC to be conducting political witch-hunts against those who’ve risen to the challenge of speaking out and becoming voices of conscience, and demanding accountability of the president and their organisation.

To infer, as no less a person than the SG of our organisation has done, that theirs is a “new-found conscience”, is malicious and reflects a singular inability or refusal to appreciate what it would take for good ANC comrades to do what they’ve done. Even more ludicrous is to seek to hide behind disciplinary action which will achieve nothing but serve to avoid the real issues that these comrades and many others are raising.

So, as you approach the moment of truth, please appreciate that the personal decision you make in this vote of no confidence, will not simply be judged in the weeks to come, but will be written into the history, not only of the country but that of the ANC as an act that struck a blow for the rescuing of the ANC.

Self-correction has to go beyond mere statements; it is about making the tough decisions which history from time to time places on the shoulders of true patriots. In this instance, saving the ANC would not be anti ethical to voting in support of the motion, the time is now ,”concluded Morobe.


President Jacob Zuma has declared a Special Provincial Official Funeral for the highly regarded government communicator, accomplished public servant and freedom fighter, Mr Ronnie Mamoepa

Mr Ronnie Mamoepa, who passed away in
Pretoria on Saturday, 22 July 2017.

Mr Mamoepa, a liberation struggle activist and former Member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, became actively involved in the struggle for freedom and democracy at a very young age, which led to his arrest by apartheid security forces and him being sentenced to five years on Robben Island while still in his teens.

He will fondly and forever be remembered for his humour and humility as well as the sterling work he displayed during his extensive spell in government where he served various government departments and political principals as spokesperson with distinction until his untimely death.

Mr Mamoepa has worked as Head of Communications and Spokesperson for the first Gauteng Premier, Mr Tokyo Sexwale between 1994 and 1996. He further served as a Chief Director: Communication and Spokesperson to former President Thabo Mbeki and also Spokesperson for then Deputy President
Jacob Zuma, prior to his appointment as a Spokesperson to former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, a position that he served with merit and dedication at their then head office at the Union Buildings from 2000 to 2009.

Since 2010, Mr Mamoepa has also worked as Deputy Director-General: Communication and Spokesperson to Dr Dlamini Zuma in the Department of Home Affairs, where he is credited with the most successful turn-around communications strategy in that Department.

He was seconded to the Presidency by the Department of Home Affairs in 2014 to serve as the Spokesperson to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, a position he held until his last day.

Mr Mamoepa¹s love and passion for communication as well as his affable and engaging nature is legendary both inside and outside government. He has also been credited with mentoring a number of young people as communicators of both Government and the ruling party, the African National Congress of which he was a proud member and Spokesperson in its Department of Information and Publicity after the dawn of freedom in 1994.

We have lost one of the most outstanding communicators of the work of government and a renowned mediator of information between government and the communities we serve, through the media. I wish to once again convey our heartfelt condolences to the Mamoepa family, friends and relatives as well as comrades in his political home, the African National Congress. We share their loss deeply. May his soul rest in peace, said President Zuma.

The President has ordered that the National Flag be flown at half-mast at every flag station in the Gauteng province on Saturday, 29 July 2017, the day of the funeral.

The details of his memorial service and the funeral will be communicated by the Gauteng Provincial Government.


ANC stalwarts and veterans insist on the de-linked National Consultative Conference

  • written by Snuki Zikalala

The last meeting between the ANC’s National Executive Committee and the ANC stalwarts and veterans, held on 27 February this year, ended on a rather sour note. Some members of the NEC denied that there was an agreement to hold a National Consultative Conference (NCC) that should be delinked from the coming policy conference geared for the month of June.

The meeting concluded with the President of the ANC, Jacob Zuma, calling for a working committee of a six -person aside which would plan for a two-day conference, while proposing that the structure of the stalwarts be dissolved.

The approach and manner in which the meeting of 27 February was conducted did not sit well with the stalwarts. The denial by some members of the NEC that there was an agreement to hold the NCC was particularly shocking. The Secretary General of the ANC, Gwede Mantashe is on record that “the ANC NEC had decided to extend the party’s policy conference to accommodate the Consultative Conference. “

It was interesting to learn that youth leader Collen Maine and Police Minister Minister Fikile Mbalula were the most vocal, quoting the ANC Constitution as having no provision for a consultative conference.

Some members of the NEC claimed that the ANC was presently making inroads at improving its standing among its supporters, and that the losses it suffered during the 2016 Local Government elections were being reversed.

The question though is: Who’s fooling who?

The split in the top six of the ANC after President Zuma reshuffled the cabinet has dented and affected the movements ability to manage the crisis within the organisation.

Three top officials-Cyril Ramaphosa,Gwede Mantashe and Zweli Mkhize accused the president of presenting a list of ministers and deputy ministers to be reshuffled and living no room for consultation.

The cabinet reshuffle had disastrous consenquences.

South Africa was downgraded to junk status.The junk status will lead to higher interest rates ,making it harder for families to pay for their home loans and vehicles.It will also lead to lower access to accredit and potentially ,an interest rate increase, which will affect many South Africans as they would be paying more from borrowing.

Mass demonstrations by opposition parties ,civil society,individual members of the ANC demanding that Jacob Zuma resign as the president of the country have brought the country to a standstill.

In their document: “For the sake of our future”, the stalwarts argue for a Consultative Conference which must address all the critical issues, leading to the rebuilding and renewal of the ANC. This proposal, according to the stalwarts, should precede the 2017 elective conference. The conference was to create a credible ANC platform aimed at saving the movement’s legacy so that it could contribute positively to the future of South Africa’s democracy.

One of the objective of the stalwarts, according to the document, was to work with the ANC Youth League so that the youth are enthused and motivated to support the ANC, thus ensuring sustainability and growth well into the future.

Another of the objectives of the stalwarts was to build worker unity. The current process of the fragmentation of the Trade Union movement has weakened the ANC, and made it more difficult for the ANC to pursue the strategic objective of transforming South African society, says the document.

The stalwarts aim to rid the organisation of corruption, ill-discipline, factionalism, arrogance, abuse of state power and resources. They enjoin themselves to do everything possible to protect and defend state entities.

The current ANC leadership fails to accept that most state institutions are, for all intents and purposes, dysfunctional. Examples abound. Six parastatals – PRASA, DENEL, SABC, PETROSA, ESKOM and SAA have no Chief Executive Officers.

The judiciary had to intervene on the SASSA debacle to ensure that monthly grants for 17 million South Africans are being paid. This is an indication that the ANC government is failing the people.

The North Gauteng High Court ruling that the appointment of Berning Ntlemeza, as Head of the Hawks was unlawful and invalid, is another case in point that the centre does not hold. Judge Elis Matojane ruled that Ntlemeza lacked integrity and honour and had made false statements under oath.

Also, the rise in crime and intimidation that is taking place cannot be ignored. Offices of the Chief Justice were recently burgled and sensitive documents were taken.

However, the stalwarts still believe that the NCC must be preceded by a policy conference which will address all the economic and political problems that are affecting the South African society.


FEDUSA Outraged With the Axing of Gordhan and Calls on President Jacob Zuma to Resign Immediately

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) is deeply disappointed and outraged with the manner in which President Jacob Zuma has handled the Cabinet reshuffle which saw Pravin Gordhan axed from his position as Finance Minister, alongside his Deputy, Mcebisi Jonas. The union federation is calling on President Zuma to resign with immediate effect.

“The timing of the axing of Gordhan and the manner in which it has been done couldn’t have come at a worse time for our country. It is now a matter of public record that Gordhan was abruptly recalled from overseas trip this past weekend where he was leading a top National Treasury to avert a sovereign downgrading to junk status and attract much need foreign direct investment into our economy,” FEDUSA General Secretary Dennis George said.

“The firing of Pravin Gordhan as Finance Minister simply intensifies the notion that the process of total state capture has now been set firmly in motion. The timing was of the media release announcing the Cabinet reshuffle at midnight on Friday essentially serves to highlight the real intent by the presidency. We regret the reshuffle completely as only reaffirms all aspects all aspects of state capture we have been highlighting as FEDUSA since our 6th National Congress in November last year”.

George said the overall leadership efficiency within government is now being questioned in the aftermath of the reshuffle because non performing but loyalist Ministers such as Bathabile Dlamini have been retained at the same time that President Zuma ‘s supporters from the ruling African National Congress (ANC)’s Women’s and Youth Leagues have been roped into the National Executive.

The long term economic stability as well as the strength of our currency will be now placed in jeopardy if a motion of no confidence is tabled against President Zuma in Parliament and the South African Communist Party, an ANC Alliance sticks to its threat to recall all Ministers from Cabinet if President Zuma fires Gordhan.

President Zuma did not a learn a lesson from 9 December 2015, brought on by the irresponsible and disastrous appointment of the new Finance Minister, Mr D van Rooyen by President Zuma, which created a major economic predicament, and resulted in approximately R500 billion being wiped from the South African pension funds of workers concludes George.

Thabo Mbeki

Mbeki Letter to Zuma

Comrade President Jacob Zuma, Luthuli House, Johannesburg.

Dear Comrade President, 1 November, 2016.

Re: ANC Veterans. I was out of the country when the 101 ANC Veterans issued their press release following their interaction with ANC SG, Comrade Gwede Mantashe. Since my return I have read the press release of the 101 Veterans as published by the media, as well as the reported comments of Comrade SG Mantashe in this regard. As you will have seen, the Veterans said:

“Regrettably, the response by the (Office of the Secretary General) has focused on administrative and structural internal processes of the movement and appears to show a lack of awareness of the urgency that the signatories feel.” The media reports indicate that, among others, SG Mantashe said ‘the ANC is in a process of engaging with members/ and public criticism is not constructive’/ that the Veterans ‘must all go under one roof and structure their approach rather than approach the ANC leadership in small groups  and that ‘the Veterans should help with the process (of engaging members) and not sulk on the side-lines and criticise'”.

As you, Comrade President, will have done, I have gone through the names of the 101 Veterans who supported the press release in question. Like you, I have been struck by the reality that this collective of 101 Veterans represents a very senior, outstanding and historic echelon of the leadership of the ANC and the national democratic revolution. Within itself this collective contains invaluable, multi-faceted and irreplaceable experience in terms of the struggle both to defeat the apartheid system and to construct a democratic, non-racial and nonsexist South Africa. It is made up of cadres of the ANC and the national democratic revolution whose involvement in our all-round struggle spans a period of over 60 years.

These cadres belong among that eminent succession of principled generations of revolutionaries which ensured the survival, growth, development and victory of the ANC, at all times loyal to the injunction that their strategic task was and is to serve the people of South Africa. 101 of these cadres signed the communications under discussion. However I have absolutely no doubt that there are many other Veterans who support the 101, including the esteemed members of the Luthuli Detachment whose loyalty to the ANC and the democratic revolution, and their spirit of sacrifice, ensured the survival of the ANC during a very difficult period in the 1960s and 1970s. Informed by the history of our movement, I am certain that the solemn task to ensure that the ANC remains loyal to its values, as well as its obligations to the people of South Africa and Africa, demands that the current leadership of the ANC, with you at its helm, must engage the 101 Veterans with all due seriousness.

These Veterans have advanced extremely serious observations about the current situation as it relates to the ANC and the democratic revolution. All these are eminently political in nature and demand a political response. Accordingly it is absolutely incorrect to respond to these observations by resort to administrative means. Administrative responses cannot solve political problems, but can only serve to worsen the political crisis! You will remember, Comrade President, that towards the end of the 1960s our movement faced the then serious problem of the emergence of the political group which came to be known as “the Gang of 8”.

These were senior members of the ANC, almost all of whom held no official positions in the ANC structures after the 1969 Morogoro 2 Conference. However, the then ANC NEC, led by the late Oliver Tambo, took the deliberate and wise decision directly to engage this “Gang of 8” in what proved to be protracted political discussions. The ANC NEC understood that the political issues raised by the “Gang of 8” had to be discussed directly with this group, with no insistence that these senior and experienced cadres of our Movement could not engage the NEC, including Oliver Tambo, directly, but could only express their views through such lower constitutional structures of the ANC as existed at the time.

The then ANC NEC fully understood that it would be very wrong to respond to what was a major political challenge, as posed by the “Gang of 8”, by using its authority as a legitimate ANC structure to demand that this political challenge should only be processed through the then administrative processes of the Movement. Led by Oliver Tambo, the ANC NEC instructed two among the 101 Veterans, Mavuso Msimang and Zolile Ngcakani, as well as the late Chris Hani and myself – all of us not members of the NEC – nevertheless to join the NEC delegation in the discussions with the

“Gang of 8”. Accordingly, when I speak about the need for the current ANC NEC, under your leadership, seriously to engage the 101 Veterans, I suggest this based on my own personal experience as a cadre of our Movement. That experience taught all of us who still belonged to the category of members of the ANC Youth and Student Section that (i) political problems required political solutions, and (ii) that “leadership” in the ANC did not consist only in holding official positions in the NEC. We understood that cadres of the Movement did not become “leaders” simply by virtue of being members of the NEC and other structures.

If we had not understood this, our involvement in the negotiations with the “Gang of 8” confirmed that even the NEC, which included Oliver Tambo, Moses Kotane, J.B. Marks, Florence Mophosho, Mark Shope and Moses Mabhida, did not think that senior cadres such as Robert Resha and Ambrose Makiwane, who were not members of the NEC, thereby ceased to be equal members of the “leadership” of the ANC! 3 I am by no means suggesting that the 101 Veterans are a contemporary expression of the ‘rebellion’ as was represented by the “Gang of 8”! The point I am trying to emphasise is that it is imperative that all of us, including the current ANC NEC, must understand that the 101 Veterans are in fact eminent leaders of our Movement and revolution, and have to be respected and treated as such by those who occupy administrative positions as members of the NEC and other senior structures of the ANC.

To put this matter frankly, which I know you will understand, it is perfectly obvious that very many among the 101 Veterans are in fact eminently politically very senior to many who currently serve as members of the ANC NEC. Those who are truly familiar with what the ANC is, including its approach to the matter of leadership, will understand the absolute imperative to respect and accept the fact that the 101 Veterans are a critical part of the leadership of our Movement, with no requirement that any of them should hold official positions in the administrative structures of the ANC.

These will also understand that for many years since 1912, the generality of the masses of our people, not being members of the ANC, have nevertheless accepted the leaders of the ANC as their legitimate national leaders, as was the case with regard to such ANC leaders as John Dube, Charlotte Maxeke, Dr Xuma, Anton Lembede, Inkosi Albert Luthuli, Lillian Ngoyi, Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela. The current ANC NEC, as a genuinely ANC formation, must therefore understand that many among the 101 Veterans, including Andrew Mlangeni, Ahmed Kathrada, Dennis Goldberg, Gertrude Shope, Rita Ndzanga, Frenie Ginwala, Frank Chikane, Ben Turok, Joyce Seroke, and others, are viewed by millions of our people as their national leaders.

As such they have an obligation to provide this national leadership – including to the millions who are not card-holding members of the ANC! It therefore shows a profound lack of understanding of the evolution of our political reality since the late 19th Century that, today, the ANC NEC should insist that those among the ANC leadership who are respected by the masses of our people as their national leaders should speak out and therefore discharge their leadership responsibilities only through ANC branches, the Veterans League and other structures of the ANC. 4 The slogan – The ANC lives! The ANC leads! – means that the ANC lives in order to lead the people of South Africa, and thus to serve the interests of these masses.

This seeks to make the statement that the leaders of the ANC are simultaneously leaders of the ANC as well as the people of South Africa, regardless of political affiliation. Throughout the years of its existence the ANC has always understood that such leadership is not and cannot be imposed on the people, but is earned through sustained and consistent practical demonstration of genuine commitment truly to promote the interests and the realisation of the aspirations of the people as a whole. For this reason, throughout its years of existence as an armed formation from 1961 to 1994, the combat slogan of Umkhonto we Sizwe, (MK), led by the ANC, was –

We serve the people of South Africa! It was never – We serve the ANC!, or, We serve Umkhonto we Sizwe! It would seem to me that the simple and central demand that the 101 Veterans are making is that our Movement, the ANC, should take all necessary measures, in the context of its exercise of power as a governing party in a democratic State, to live up to its solemn obligation –

to serve the people of South Africa! This is a complex and challenging task. You, Comrade President, and the rest of the ANC leadership in which you serve as the first among equals (primus inter pares), will be greatly empowered when you take on board such inputs as would be made by the 101 Veterans who have an established track record of unique knowledge and experience as genuine revolutionaries of long standing.

Thabo Mbeki. In my Personal Capacity.


Thuli Madonsela’s questions to Zuma

Kindly explain how your relationship with the Gupta family started. How would you describe your recent relationship with the Gupta family? Who are you closest to? How often do you visit the Gupta family at their Saxonwold residence? Besides visiting Saxonwold to service your friendship with the Gupta family; what are the other reasons why you have visited Saxonwold? Has a member of the Gupta family ever given you or a member of your family a gift, no matter how trivial? Please provide details.

Check Out: Baleka Mbete Drops Thuli’s State Capture Report Like It’s Hot Duduzane Zuma’s relationship with the Gupta family How would you describe your son Duduzane Zuma’s relationship with the Gupta family? How did Duduzane start working for Sahara Computers? Six months after you were elected president of the ANC; your son Duduzane and your daughter Duduzile were elevated to the positions of directors in the company. How and when did you learn about this? Were you surprised at their sudden elevation? Ms Mentor further alleges that you were present at Saxonwold when this offer was made.

Is that true? Ms Mentor said she repeated the offer made to her and you failed to take action and merely said you would not have requested her to come if you were aware she was on crutches. Ms Mentor further alleges that she had battled to secure the meeting with you for months and that during her discussion with Mr Atul Gupta it became apparent that they knew about the agenda she had with you. Were you present at the Gupta residence that day?

I understand Duduzane resides at Saxonwold. Is this true and, if so, how did he end up living there? I have received information Ajay Gupta made Duduzane a billionaire. Is this true? Ms Vytjie Mentor issued statements alleging a member of the Gupta family offered her a cabinet position during meetings at Saxonwold. The meeting with Ms Mentor apparently took place in October 2010.

In return for this appointment, a member of the Gupta family wanted her to cancel an SAA route to India. What is your response? Mr Mcebisi Jonas, deputy finance minister, issued a statement alleging a member of the Gupta family offered him a cabinet position during a meeting in Saxonwold in October 2015. What is your response to this? Mr Themba Maseko, the former CEO of government communication and information services; also issued a statement alleging that Ajay Gupta sought to influence spending by GCIS in favour of the New Age newspaper. Maseko alleged that he met Ajay Gupta at Saxonwold. What is your response to this? Mr Maseko alleged you called him and asked him to help the Gupta brothers.

What is your response? Mr Maseko further alleges that his job was threatened if he didn’t accede to their demands. When he asked how they would do this, they informed him that they have regular meetings with the president and that any minister that doesn’t agree to transfer the budget would be “sorted out” by them. What is your response to this? EFF leader Mr Julius Malema alleged Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula admitted that he was informed he would become sports minister by the Guptas even before it was announced by you.

What is your response? It has been reported in the media that several members of the cabinet; high¬profile businessmen and others visited Saxonwold. Please tell me whether each of the following people A) visited Saxonwold at the same time as you; B) do you know if they ever visited Saxonwold; C) what was the reason for their visits; D) if applicable, why did they visit Saxonwold with you? 1 Vytjie Mentor, 2 Mcebisi Jonas, 3 Themba Maseko, 4 Fikile Mbalula, 5 Jeff Radebe, 6 Lindiwe Sisulu, 7 Essop Pahad, 8 Aziz Pahad, 9 Rob Davies, 10 Malusi Gigaba, 11 Ben Martens, 12 Tina Joemat¬Pettersson, 13 Mosebenzi Zwane, 14 Des van Rooyen, 15 Lynne Brown, 16 Kebby Maphatsoe, 17 Collen Maine, 18 Nkosazana Dlamini¬Zuma, 19 Fana Hlongwane, 20 Brian Molefe, 21 Dudu Myeni. It has been reported that a member of the Gupta family or a company linked to them assisted one of your wives to purchase a house in Waterkloof, Pretoria.

Is this true and if so, why did they assist her? What were the reasons for your removal of Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister on 9 December 2015? What were the reasons for your appointment of Des van Rooyen as finance minister? What were the reasons for your abrupt removal of Des van Rooyen as finance minister four days later? Why was he appointed as minister of co¬operative governance and traditional affairs and minister Gordhan reinstated as minister of finance?

The second complaint alleges you breached section 2.3 of the Executives Ethics Code by; exposing yourself to any situation involving the risk of a conflict between your official responsibilities and your private interests; using your position or any information entrusted to you, to enrich yourselves or improperly benefit any other person. How do you respond to these allegations? You were required by section 2 under the Executive Ethics Code to: declare any personal or private financial or business interest that you or a family member may have in a matter in relation to which you are required to take a decision as a member of the executive; withdraw from any proceedings of cabinet considering a matter in which you or a family member has any financial or business interes;

unless you decide you or your family member’s interest is trivial or not relevant. By virtue of you and your son’s personal and professional relationship with members of the Gupta family, did you ever consider this would create a conflict of interest for you? Did you ever consider withdrawing from relevant proceedings of the cabinet or at very least declaring your son’s personal and professional relationships with members of the Gupta family in order to mitigate a potential conflict of interest? I have perused your declarations for the period 2009 to 2016.

There are no values; why is that? Can the president confirm the declarations made to the cabinet secretariat are the complete declarations; and there are no declarations elsewhere? In the earlier years, you declared the Waterkloof house used by Mrs Bongekile Ngema¬Zuma as an asset and indicated an amount of R18,000 per month. How do you reconcile this with the instalment in the mortgage bond from the Bank of Baroda of R79 715. 00 monthly instalments.

Why did JIC Mining Service – a Gupta-owned company – provide security for the bond? What is your relationship with Roy Moodley, owner of the Beachfront property in Durban? I noticed that he has provided use of the property to you. Has the Jacob Zuma Foundation ever received any donation from the Gupta family or any Gupta or Duduzane Zuma owned company?

Former President Jacob Zuma

JOHANNESBURG – Activists from across Africa have joined the growing call for South AfricanPresident Jacob Zuma to step down.

Dear Mr. Jacob G. Zuma,

There is a Nigerian proverb that says, “In the moment of crisis, the wise build bridges and the foolish build dams”. Every day since the Public Protector exposed you, the Constitutional Court ruled against you, and Parliament tried to impeach you, the dam is swelling and the bridges between the citizens and you look shaky and inaccessible. Can this letter be a bridge?

We, the people of many African countries – Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa – are the sons and daughters of this African soil. We are young activists leading causes in our own spaces, playing our part to make Africa great again. We are in civil society, public service, private firms, and community organisations. We are writing this letter because we care. Because we know that you care.

You have put your life on the line for South Africa many times before. You are a product of our continent’s oldest living liberation movement. You contributed towards the elimination of a crime against humanity – apartheid. You truly know what bad governance is all about. You lived and suffered through it. You fought against it. And yet here you are now, no doubt at a complex crossroads in your personal, professional, political and spiritual life. You are being asked by friends, foes, insiders and outsiders, to step aside, to excuse yourself from the role of president, for the sake of a greater good.

What is this greater good, you might rightfully ask?

The greater good is moral authority. You no longer have it. But you are not the only one. All 233 MPs that voted against your impeachment in Parliament on 5 April, 2016, have also lost their moral authority. This does not mean that the 133 who voted to remove you have any greater moral authority; far from it, many of them barely resemble the type of leadership we imagine for Africa. But even compromised messengers sometimes arrive with valuable messages: you are not the leader we deserve. We deserve better.

But despite the petty politics of Parliament, our call for your resignation or removal goes beyond what a few MPs think. We are urgently seeking visionary, ethical and imaginative leadership across Africa. Who will fill these vacancies? For too long as Africans we have been made to believe that we are inferior. As a consequence, we have come to accept mediocre leaders in Africa despite them insidiously eroding the structures of accountability that keep government in check. Our dreams of a liberated Africa then morph into our worst nightmares. Many of us are already living in these nightmares, born too late to prevent the carnage of a free, fair and functional society. It is not too late for South Africa.

South Africa has a heritage of leadership that listens to its people. South Africa does not have presidents for life, like some of us back home. Nelson Mandela voluntarily stepped aside; Thabo Mbeki did not resist being recalled; Kgalema Motlanthe accepted his temporary role. We ask you now to dig deep within your soul, rise above your denial and patronage network, and surprise us by continuing this robust tradition of leaders who know when to rise up and step down.

We, the young people of Africa, will be the authors of your history and legacy. Do not be the first South African president who let power trump the people. Your resignation will show the rest of Africa that South Africa can still provide guidance and wisdom, that leaders do make mistakes, but they own up to them and bear the consequences. Your resignation will, ironically, be a lasting legacy for young people like us, who will in years to come cite the case of Jacob Zuma as a man who took action to prevent permanent damage to Africa’s integrity. This is the greatest service you can pay to your country and continent right now.

Step aside and show us that, in the end, you were capable of the strength of character that we are all waiting for.

Africa’s future

Signed in our personal capacity:

1. Suntosh R Pillay, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Mandela Rhodes Community, South Africa
2. Jake Okechukwu Effoduh, Assistant Director of the Council on African Security and Development (CASADE), Nigeria
3. Dzikamai Francis Bere, Transitional Justice Researcher, Zimbabwe
4. Wawira Njiru, Founder and Executive Director of Food for Education, Kenya
5. Chris Nkwatsibwe, Youth Activist and Founder of the Young Leaders Think-Thank, Uganda
6. Nkosikhona Swartbooi, Chairperson of the Social Justice Coalition, South Africa
7. Emmanuel Ametepey, Founder and Executive Director of Youth Advocates Ghana (YAG), Ghana
8. Alhassan Ziblim, Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Development and Policy Advocacy (CEDEPA), Ghana
9. Astrid R.N. Haas, Economist, Uganda
10. Kennedy Mugume, Environmental activist at Bunyoro Albertine Petroleum Network on Environmental Conservation (BAPENECO), Uganda
11. Edwin Kibui Rwigi, Project Manager at Fahamu Networks for Social Justice, Kenya
12. Marianne Akumu, Transitional justice coordinator, Uganda
13. Telana Halley-Starkey, State Law Advisor, South Africa