The ANC Women's League also praised the former president for being "thinking of the advance" in supporting a woman candidate to Nasrec
Just over a month after the inauguration ceremony of President Cyril Ramaphosa had been denied, former President Jacob Zuma only made two public appearances this week that provoked a great uproar and potentially boosted him and his successor .
Zuma was praised Thursday to the members of the Congress of students of the SA (Sasco) and of the ANC's Women's League (ANCWL) for being "thinking about the future" and for "her role in attending the call of young people and facilitating higher education without taxes, even in their imperfect state. "
It was also praised for "being in favor of the governing party that had its first president in the preparatory phase of the 54th party elective conference."
Sasco's secretary general, Moipone Mhlongo, who is also a member of the student parliament at the University of Johannesburg and a member of the ANCY Youth League regional task force (ANCYL), said that " Zuma had been the basis for higher education without taxes. " time of the administration of Ramaphosa.
"Zuma played a part in promoting free education, but when it was finally granted, the government ignored those who had fought for this free education," he said. say Mhlongo. "Instead of that [government] He decided that he would start with first year students.
"We, as a class of 2016 that we fought for free education, are in front of you, comrades, to say that it is not yet in higher learning institutions.
"What exactly is free education for the ANC? It is free on paper [only]? Actually, we have old and current student leaders who are daily victims in higher learning institutions, "Mhlongo said.
"Today, we have Khaya Xhekesha, who is eight years old for something that is now benefiting those who did not fight for it."
He questioned the administration of Ramaphosa, claiming that it should not be based on the laurels after Sasco campaigns with the ANC in the elections last month.
"We do not give the party a blank check. The ruling party must work to offer not only a free education but also a decolonized curriculum. "
This was welcomed by the members of the community who filled the Recreation Center Jan Hofmeyr of Sophiatown before the speech of Zuma on the role of ANCY in today's society.
Pinky Nkuna, a member of the ANCWL, also thanked Zuma for saying that it was clear that ANC "is not ready to be driven by a woman."
He used the loss of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma before Ramaphosa to the Nasrec conference in 2017 as a specific case, as well as the exclusion of the chairman of ANCWL, Bathabile Dlamini. Nkuna said that Zuma had shown his vision of the future when he supported Dlamini-Zuma as a successor.
Once on the podium, Zuma urged the youth league to throw its weight behind a president ready to implement the resolutions of the ANC and "do not worry about how investor confidence reacts to these steps ". He said his call was not "encourage fascism," but rather a return of the organization to the dictates of the Freedom Charter.
He reaffirmed that South Africans were still not free, "but only released," and stressed that it was up to the governing party to "stop seating in the majority of two-thirds" and begin implementing policies that would benefit most South- Africans.
Zuma said that it would not be necessary for the government party to fight to implement resolutions if the ANCY, known as a militant, assumed its "legitimate role" to guarantee that it would support a willing president to implement the resolutions of the party.
Later, on Friday, Zuma attended the address of the province of KwaZulu-Natal, Sihle Zikalala, as a guest.
This annulled the DA and the FEP, whose members left during the speech of Zikalala in protest by the presence of Zuma and the king Zulu Zwelithini.
The two opposition parties argued that President Nontembeko Boyce had not been able to consult them before taking the two guests to the House.
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