President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the party on the occasion of the African National Congress (ANC) birthday to appease supporters of former President Jacob Zuma in KwaZulu-Natal, stating that Zuma would not be removed but used for various tasks in the party.
Tensions became apparent when the provincial chairman Sihle Zikalala introduced the two leaders. When Ramaphosa was mentioned, there was a stone silence, and after a few seconds loud exclamations and festivities were heard when they introduced Zuma. On Tuesday, Ramaphosa approached the ANC members in Inanda near Durban, transmitting a message to the party on its 107th anniversary.
President Ramaphosa spent some time before starting his appeal on the occasion of the ANC’s birthday, trying to convince supporters that he and Zuma do not disagree with each other.
“Working with our former president of uNxamalala, showing the real face of unity to which those of us are committed.”
He even promised ANC members that he would use Zuma in the ANC. “He’s a former president, but as a former president, whom I’m going to use as president of the African National Congress for various tasks.”