Zuma vows to carry ANC skeletons to the grave

Zuma vows to carry ANC skeletons to the grave

Former president Jacob Zuma has vowed never to expose the deep and dark secrets of the African National Congress (ANC).

Jacob Zuma outside PMB high court May 2021

Zuma appealed to ANC leaders and members not to allow their differences to be the downfall of the governing party.


A large contingent of supporters gathered outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday to pledge their allegiance with the former head of state as the arms deal trial was brought before the court.


HIs appeal came after some of the supporters booed the provincial ANC chairperson Sihle Zikalala and provincial secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli off the stage.


Dressed in party regalia, the supporters could be heard accusing the pair of being disloyal. 


Zuma tried to diffuse the tensions.


“I have many years in the organisation, there are many comrades I have had a difference with either in politics or leadership, but when I am among other comrades, I say nothing ill about them.


“There are others who I know bad things about, but if I were to say them today, the world would come to an end. But I am keep quiet and say nothing because I do not want to disappoint the ANC,” he added.


He urged members to keep their squabbles out of the limelight. 


“Someone once said to me ‘you have been saying you would release files on other comrades, but you have so far said nothing’ and I told him ‘you don't know the responsibility I have towards the ANC’,” he said.


Zuma was joined by a number of high-profile leaders, including the suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, NEC member Tony Yengeni and the MKMVA’s Carl Niehaus. 


The trial was adjourned to May 26 where Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille is expected to take the stand as the first state witness.

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