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Zuma's re-election good and bad news for SA - Kenneth Meshoe

ACDP President says Mangaung election results will reduce popular support for the ANC

MEDIA STATEMENT ABOUT THE RE-ELECTION OF PRESIDENT JACOB ZUMA IN MANGAUNG

The re-election of President Jacob Zuma as the President of the ANC is both good news and bad news for our nation.

It is bad news because the despair and feelings of hopelessness in the country will not abate under his leadership. Corruption and the abuse of public funds for personal gain will continue, and tender fraud will also remain attractive and lucrative under his leadership.

It is good news because it is going to reduce support for the ANC as we prepare ourselves for the next general elections. The apparent reduced support for the ruling party will translate into increased support for opposition parties which is necessary and imperative to enable us to effectively hold the executive to account. It is undesirable in a democratic state to have a ruling party with too much power as it tends to be arrogant and to disdain the opposition.

The fact that competent and respected leaders such as deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and Minister Trevor Manuel, and struggle stalwarts such as Mac Maharaj, Jay Naidoo and Jeremy Cronin have declined nomination to the National Executive Committee is indicative of the loss of confidence in the leadership of President Jacob Zuma within the ruling party itself.

The ACDP therefore calls on all South Africans who are unhappy with the moral decay in our country, the rapid decline of our country that used to be a leader on the continent, and the wrong direction our country is taking, to rally behind the ACDP as we promote biblical and family values that can save our nation from further moral degeneration, racial polarisation, corruption and many other ills that are destroying our nation.

Statement issued by Rev Kenneth Meshoe, M.P. and President of the ACDP, December 19 2012

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