Opposition reacts to Zuma’s “ANC comes first” remarks


The Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have lashed out at President Jacob Zuma’s comments over the weekend, that the interest of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) comes before those of South Africans.

Speaking at the party’s provincial elective conference in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday afternoon, Zuma reportedly said “I argued one time with someone who said the country comes first and I said as much as I understand that I think my organisation, the ANC, comes first”.

He also stated that people not involved with the party could be “under oppression forever” and that those “without a revolutionary organisation, could be in trouble”,

In a statement, DA National Spokesperson Refiloe Ntsekhe said Zuma owes the country an apology for making comments that violates his oath of office.

“The President should be deeply ashamed of his comments. It is this kind of sentiment that allows for (the) abuse of power in the name of the ANC. He should retract - and apologise - for this statement immediately, “Ntsekhe said.

In a similar reaction, EFF National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said Zuma’s comments were not only “ignorant and irresponsible”, but also shows that the country is heading towards a dictatorship.

“The very statement by Zuma is further proof of the ideological limitations of ANC and speak volumes of his autocratic ambitions,” Ndlozi said.

“This is the language of dictators who think they hold monopoly of wisdom and are indispensable. We call on the people of South Africa to reject the ANC and its leadership”.