President Jacob Zuma delivers his final political report as ANC president, at the party's 54th national elective conference at Nasrec, on December 16 2017. Picture: MASI LOSI
President Jacob Zuma delivers his final political report as ANC president, at the party's 54th national elective conference at Nasrec, on December 16 2017. Picture: MASI LOSI

President Jacob Zuma’s final report as ANC president was not inspiring and not presidential at all. He did not take any personal responsibility but blamed internal factions, opposition within the party, litigation, the media, the opposition and even forces outside SA for the party’s woes.

His call for unity and humility towards the end were not convincing and smacked of an effort to prepare for the post-Zuma era where the long knives may come out — he senses defeat.

Further dominating factors have been the efforts of certain branches to boost Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s election in an underhanded manner and the presence of fake delegates — you need not be very imaginative to work out who has been behind that — and the unrealistic announcement of free tertiary education just before the conference, also to boost Dlamini-Zuma’s chances and reap some glory for himself.

There are still good and patriotic forces within the ANC. In this battle, my money is on them. And my money is still on Cyril Ramaphosa being the new face of the ANC.

Dawie Jacobs
Pretoria

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