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South Africa – Captura Continua: Will the Guptas determine the ANC succession race?

Daily Maverick (South Africa)

    • Ranjeni Munusamy
      ranjeni munusami BW

 

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Three weeks after the Guptas’ private email correspondence began cascading into the public domain, revealing the depth of the capture of the South African state, we are yet to see outrage and a fightback from the ANC. The party elected to govern by South African people, but now essentially cuckolded by the Guptas, has shown it is powerless against the family. The Guptas appear to be still pushing buttons behind the scenes and their main focus is to ensure that they stack the deck at the ANC’s 54th national conference, mostly to secure their new Number One. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY. 20

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has publicly accepted nomination for the position of ANC president, making her the first woman in the history of the 105-year-old organisation to contest the top leadership post. But far from this being a notable moment in history, it is the occasion for despair. Dlamini-Zuma has, without reservation, consented to becoming top of the ticket sponsored by the Gupta family. 31

Up to this point, one could still give Dlamini-Zuma the benefit of the doubt that she was simply riding the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) wave and would distinguish herself from the Gupta herd. But last week the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) announced its leadership slate, the first ANC structure to do so formally. 27

“Comrade Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is the president of the ANC, comrade David Mabuza as the deputy president of the ANC, Comrade Ace Magashule as the secretary general of the ANC, Comrade Nathi Mthethwa as the national chair of the ANC, DSG for monitoring and evaluation Comrade Jessie Duarte, DSG for organising and campaigns Comrade Fikile Mbalula and the treasurer general Comrade Maite Nkoana-Mashabane,” ANCYL secretary general Njabulo Nzuza announced at a media briefing following their national executive committee meeting. 29

The ANCWL’s endorsement of Dlamini-Zuma and declaration that it wanted more women in the top leadership of the party at least had the veneer of punting the gender ticket. There was no such effort by the ANCYL. Mbalula, a former ANCYL president, was nominated for a position that does not even exist constitutionally in the ANC. Besides, Mbalula is now 46 years old and can hardly qualify as a “youthful” candidate in the leadership race. The second youngest person on the ANCYL slate is Mthethwa, who at 50 years old is hardly a spring chicken himself. 24

So what is the Youth League up to? And why is Dlamini-Zuma such a willing participant in this agenda? 7

In January ANCYL president Collen Maine indicated that their choice of presidential candidate would send “shockwaves” throughout the ruling party. 12

“These candidates who have been mentioned are part of the system. They have been part of the system we want to change. We need bold leadership. We need a second revolution that will cause ruptures in the economy,” Maine told Reuters back then. 36

Either Maine overestimated the impact of their endorsement of Dlamini-Zuma or their hand was forced to change the “shockwave” candidate they had in mind. There was also talk a few months ago that the ANCYL slate would include Malusi Gigaba, now the finance minister, and Mbalula, for top posts. Clearly that did not materialise. 19

The #GuptaLeaks exposed that Maine was being scripted by the family’s PR firm Bell Pottinger to further their manufactured white monopoly capital narrative. 29

So what else are Maine and his organisation doing on behalf of the Guptas? 19

Since the release of their emails, there have been no public moves by the Guptas. They have gone to ground and not responded publicly to any of the revelations against them. Clearly the family does not believe their ecosystem has been significantly disturbed by the revelations or the reaction to them. 25

While Gigaba and his public enterprises counterpart Lynne Brown are floundering to keep their heads above water, the people who should be most affected by the leak of the tranche of emails are manoeuvring from their place of seclusion. They are doing what they do best – arranging the political playing field to protect themselves and advance the interests of their business empire. 37

There are two positions in the ANC leadership that the Guptas need in particular to keep their project on track: president and secretary general. The ANCYL slate stitches that up for them. 21

President Jacob Zuma and his son Duduzane have been worthwhile investments for the family – both performing as lead marionettes in the Gupta extravaganza. But when Zuma ceases to be ANC president, his power diminishes and he would become a lame duck in the state. Duduzane will then be expendable – unless he is able to act as middleman to the successor as well. 19

Enter Dlamini-Zuma, his stepmother and willing advocate of the “radical economic transformation” narrative that Duduzane and Bell Pottinger conjured up. 26

There have been many moments in the chaos of this year when the former African Union Commission chairperson could have distanced herself from the chaos of the Zuma presidency. If hers was to be a clean, capture-free presidency, the most obvious move would have been to put fresh air between herself from Zuma’s disastrous midnight Cabinet reshuffle. After all, as a potential president, Dlamini-Zuma would inherit the consequences of that suicidal move – a downgraded and junked economy. Surely it would make sense to separate herself from that mess. 32

It would also have been logical for Dlamini-Zuma to distance herself from the stench of the Gupta emails, especially considering they had nothing to do with her. The campaign of her main competitor, Cyril Ramaphosa, has been significantly strengthened by him speaking out against state capture and repeatedly calling for a judicial commission of inquiry into the mounting allegations. Ramaphosa’s campaign has morphed into an anti-corruption ticket basically by him stating the obvious: a full-scale, credible investigation is required. 30

But Dlamini-Zuma is doing no such thing. She is not making any effort to separate herself from the capture contagion. Clearly it serves her agenda. 41

The secretary general position is essential to control the functioning of the ANC. While the Guptas might not have captured Gwede Mantashe, his erraticism and volatility did not do much to protect the ANC from their influence. But the Guptas did have a handy insider in the office of the ANC secretary general in the form of Mantashe’s deputy, Jessie Duarte. She is entangled in their network and also exposed as talking to their script. 32

The Guptas are now looking to seize control of the office of the secretary general entirely. Free State Premier Ace Magashule is the candidate who will deliver the ANC in its entirety to the family. 34

Magashule has already been a handy asset for the Guptas, delivering massive provincial deals and feeding their media entities through the provincial coffers. His sons, Tshepiso and Thato, were exposed in the emails as having been ensnared in the Gupta network for some time. Magashule clearly has ambitions and a higher calling now. 33

Opposition to his candidacy came from a surprise source in the past few days. Mbalula indulged in a spontaneous Twitter blast in which he recommended Gauteng Premier David Makhura for the position of secretary general. 25

“Ace Magashule a definite no no no the man will finish what is remaining of our movement he will kill it inffect #Thinkingaloudbeyond,” Mbalula tweeted. This was followed by: “Ancyl let’s rally behind David Makhura as a replacement to Gweede Mantashe #ThinkingBeyondFactions”. 12

Mbalula reaffirmed his sentiments to the Sunday Times, saying he had nothing against Magashule personally but believed the secretary general position was essential to the ANC’s survival. 16

“The office of the SG comes with a lot of integrity. It must not take sides and annihilate people and run comrades to the ground,” said Mbalula. Clearly the police minister does not think too highly of the candidate nominated by the ANCYL. But Mbalula’s tweets do open the debate beyond the Gupta-endorsed slate and the faction rallying behind Ramaphosa. 12

This weekend, Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile threw his weight behind Ramaphosa, saying he could protect the country from all forms of capture. He told the ANC’s West Rand regional general council that the ANC did not need cowards who would put the country up for sale. He also dispelled the debate over a woman president, saying the ANC needed a capable leader of whichever gender. 28

While Mashatile’s endorsement is indicative that Gauteng is likely to rally behind Ramaphosa, the province might be disorientated if there are more calls for Makhura to be deployed as a consensus candidate for secretary general. Gauteng is resolved that Mashatile should occupy one of the top six posts and has been negotiating with other provinces in this regard. 13

But all the debates and negotiations around succession might come to nothing if the ANC remains powerless to the interference of the Guptas in its processes. The infusion of dirty money to influence the votes of branch delegates has been a successful lobbying tactic in the past and will no doubt be used again. The Guptas have sufficient resources to splurge on this project, particularly as they have a massive vested interest in the outcome of the leadership elections. 28

Buying off a president has turned out to be a boon for the Guptas. Even though the state capture edifice is cracking, the Guptas know that capturing the top leadership of the ANC in December will allow them to regain their foothold and have unrestricted access to the state machinery and resources. 31

There is nothing to indicate that the ANC has the ability or willingness to stop them. The party has six months to fight off the biggest demon since apartheid – or be conquered by it. DM

  • Ranjeni Munusamy is a survivor of the Salem witch trials and has the scars to show it. She has a substantial collection of tattered t-shirts from having “been there and done it” – from government, the Zuma trials, spin-doctoring and upsetting the applecart in South African newsrooms. Following a rather unexciting exorcism ceremony, she traded her femme-fatale gear for a Macbook and a packet of Liquorice Allsorts. Her graduation Cum Laude from the School of Hard Knocks means she knows a thing or two about telling the South African story.

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South Africa – ANCYL: We expect better from our leaders that criticise the party

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ANC Youth League Collen Maine. (Delwyn Verasamy, M&G)
ANC Youth League Collen Maine. (Delwyn Verasamy, M&G)

The ANC Youth League says it is very disappointed with the recent public criticism of its organisation by some senior ANC officials.

The league addressed the media on Tuesday at Luthuli House following their extended NEC meeting this past weekend at the St Georges Hotel in Pretoria.

Youth League leader Collen Maine said: “We must firstly indicate that we are very disappointed because we expect better from them [Joel Netshitenzhe and Gwede Mantashe] as leaders of the African National Congress but we will refrain from doing what they are doing and we will demonstrate leadership to them and engage with their views internally.

“We must also engage what informs these sudden attacks on the youth league but we will engage them internally. The ANC Youth League is united and there are no divisions.”

Both Netshitenzhe and Mantashe have recently criticised the ANCYL publically.

Netshitenzhe recently lamented the current state of the ANCYL while secretary general Mantashe, speaking to delegates at the National Union of Mineworkers central executive committee, last week said the league has been reduced to henchmen.

In the media briefing, the league also pronounced Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as their preferred presidential candidate, with Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza as her deputy.

The youth league also proposed the introduction of a second deputy general secretary with Fikile Mbalula as their preferred candidate for the position.

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South Africa –

City Press

2017-06-11 06:05

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Bitterly divided ANC Youth League groupings battled it out over who should succeed President Jacob Zuma as party leader during a sitting of its national executive committee (NEC) this weekend.

The candidates forwarded are Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza.

Initially, there was consensus among the league’s officials that the young lions would throw their weight behind Dlamini-Zuma, who allegedly enjoys the support of the president, but that appears no longer to be the case.

Earlier this year, youth league president Collen Maine told the international media that the candidates being tipped for the top job – Dlamini-Zuma and deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa – “have been part of the system” that the youth league wanted to change.

He said the country would be “shocked” by the candidate they would endorse.

City Press understands that a group that includes Maine and the league’s deputy president, Desmond Moela, will push for Mabuza during this weekend’s NEC sitting.

All indications are that secretary-general Njabulo Nzuza and treasurer-general Reggie Nkabinde are still firmly behind Dlamini-Zuma.

However, some within the youth league have warned that support for Mabuza could indirectly be support for Ramaphosa.

This grouping says that Mabuza has been in talks with Ramaphosa’s lobbyists to see if he could be accommodated on that slate.

The final decision on who will ultimately get the youth league’s endorsement is expected to be made by today.

South Africa’s next president should be a woman

The NEC meeting started at Saint George Hotel in Pretoria yesterday, with day one having been an extended sitting to which regional chairpersons and secretaries had been invited.

Tensions between the officials of the youth league are nothing new, with a cold war of sorts having started shortly after the election of these officials in 2015.

It is understood that the appointment of Sifiso Mtsweni as chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) had added more fuel to the fire.

His appointment is seen as a victory for the Nzuza camp after the Maine camp failed to secure the position for Moela, who withdrew at the eleventh hour.

The withdrawal came despite the dumbing down of academic requirements for the position, which was supposed to pave the way for Moela, who did not possesses the initially required qualifications.

Sources say that the Maine grouping preferred Ndumiso Mokako as chairperson of NYDA following Moela’s withdrawal, with Joy Maimela as his deputy. Neither of them got the posts.

“The fight in recent months has been [about] the appointment of Mtsweni to the NYDA board.

“Also remember that Moela was promised a position if he backed down. There was talk of an MEC position, but nothing has come from that,” an insider said.

This week, some youth league NEC members said they would fight tooth and nail to ensure that Dlamini-Zuma came out on top at the end of this weekend’s meeting.

“There [are] some who want [Mabuza]. Those who are buying into it have been [met with] hostility and the mood will be the same at the NEC.

“Remember, there was a time when Collen and them tried to get rid of Nzuza and Reggie. They … could try to impose Mabuza, but they won’t succeed,” one member told City Press.

Despite these claims, Maine told City Press this week that he maintained his position that South Africa’s next president should be a woman.

The youth league is a voting structure of the ANC. Although its delegation is not sizable at the conference itself, it can provide a crucial platform for its preferred candidate in the run-up to the conference.

Other names expected to come up to fill the other five positions of the ANC’s top six include Fikile Mbalula, Nathi Mthethwa, Ace Magashule and Jessie Duarte.

The youth league has for some time been advocating for an additional deputy secretary-general to be added to the officials’ numbers.

Nzuza this week told City Press that the league would take that cause to the ANC’s policy conference at the end of this month.

He admitted that it would be a tough battle given that they would need two thirds of the conference to side with them.

They also want the policy conference to endorse free education and implement it.

Other demands include the explosive matter of land expropriation without compensation through the amendment of the Constitution and the scrapping of experience as a requirement for entry-level jobs.

South Africa – Dlamini-Zuma already fluent in Zuma-speak

News24

2017-04-18 08:18

The politician doctor with the hyphenated surname might as well get rid of the hyphen. She is pure Zuma.

Even if South Africans succeed in getting rid of the Other Zuma, the Hyphenated One could end up being our president for many years to come.

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma must surely have counted heads and done her calculations before she started with her campaign to become the ANC’s next president.

Before her return from her stint as chair of the African Union, I thought she would try not to position herself too closely to the traditional patronage networks of the man who is clearly her main promoter, Jacob Zuma; that she would try not to alienate those parts of the ANC that are critical of his leadership; and that she would attempt to straddle the divide to increase her chance of getting elected.

I was very wrong. There is no indication of that whatsoever.

And gone are the hopes of many South Africans that our first serious female presidential candidate would be a progressive constitutionalist untainted by the stench of state capture.

From the moment she returned from Addis Ababa, she fully associated herself with the Zuma support crowd: the ANC’s Youth and Women’s Leagues, the Premier League, the rural lobby of three provincial premiers, and other Zuma/Gupta-aligned bodies and people.

Dlamini-Zuma clearly figured out that this ANC faction had the biggest support and would make her president in the ANC’s elective conference in December.

Perhaps she also thought that being this camp’s official presidential candidate would ensure that she got the generous financial support of the Gupta family.

She not only surrounded herself with the Bathabile Dlaminis and Collen Maines, she even started talking like the Zuma faction.
After the first mass protest against Zuma, Dlamini-Zuma reacted to Zuma’s statement that the protestors were racists and to criticisms of other Zuma supporters.

“This is what they are protecting,” she tweeted, “hence some of us are not part of this rubbish. They must join us for the march for our land they stole…”

Interestingly, her main opponent in the presidential race, Cyril Ramaphosa, commented a day later that the ANC and the government should take the protests seriously and listen to the people’s grievances.

Dlamini-Zuma later claimed that it was a fake tweet, but it has subsequently been proved that it wasn’t and that she was simply doing damage control after calling so many civil minded citizens “rubbish”.

She also attacked South Africa’s universities, accusing them of teaching students that South Africa was not a democracy, but a one-party state.

“They are taught it will only be a democracy when the opposition takes over,” she said. She said that former Model C schools (do we still call the urban schools that 23 years later?) teach children that the ANC was corrupt.

And then she said the state needed to strengthen its legal institutions because the DA “was using the judiciary to govern”.
This presumably means she wants to change the Constitution to limit political parties’ and lobby groups’ access to the Constitutional and other courts. This is pure Zuma Speak.

Dlamini-Zuma is now being cheered on with great enthusiasm by the reckless Youth League rabble-rousers as their preferred presidential candidate.

This is the same Youth League that is increasingly being used as shock troops by Jacob Zuma and his camp, just like Robert Mugabe did.

Dlamini-Zuma is so at home in the Zuma camp and so part of its rotten political culture that she was happy to accept being protected by the state as if she were something more than just another private citizen.

Or did she perhaps ask for convoys of black cars and being surrounded by bodyguards because it makes her look more important and powerful?

It is clear that Dlamini-Zuma thinks Zuma’s three newly developed populist recipes will bring in the votes: state repeatedly that all land had been stolen by the whites and should be given back to black South Africans without paying for it; shout radical economic transformation at every opportunity without doing the difficult explaining about why it hasn’t worked so far; and blame white South Africans for all society’s ills.

It is also clear that she is not going to try very hard to get the support of the urban black elite and would focus more on the traditional and rural people, and that she would regularly remind people that she is a Zulu speaker. Just like the Other Zuma.

If Dlamini-Zuma is indeed going to be the new ANC president in December, the chances are much greater that Zuma would serve his full term until 2019.

We would have a Zuma as head of state and a Hyphenated Zuma as head of the ruling party.

Zuma must hope that this situation, and the fact that the mother of four of his children will then likely be the president of South Africa after 2019, would help him stay out of jail and keep his and his clan’s billions safe.

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ANC Youth League welcomes South African economy’s junk status

Maine and his corpulent cronies in the Youth League are just idiots – no other word for their ignorance of economic facts of life and their blind but self-serving loyalty to the current kleptocratic, incompetent government of Zuma and the Gupta puppet masters. KS

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We welcome junk status – ANCYL

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Johannesburg – ANC Youth League President Collen Maine says they welcome the country’s recent downgrade to junk status.

Earlier this week, S&P downgraded SA to junk status. On Friday, Fitch Ratings followed suit.

Maine said President Jacob Zuma was the only president who, through his Cabinet reshuffle, had started the process toward radical economic transformation in this lifetime.

The youth league president was one of the leaders who addressed supporters outside the ANC’s Luthuli House headquarters in the city centre on Friday.

Thousands gathered to defend their “political home”.

This was in response to an anti-Zuma march held by the Democratic Alliance on the same day.

It was one of many held across the country, demanding that the president step down.

“We are welcoming the junk status. When the economy rises again, it will be held by us,” Maine told supporters.

He said they were not worried about the different credit ratings giving SA a junk credit rating.

“We welcome the reshuffle by President Zuma, particularly in affirming former presidents of the youth league. Former league presidents Malusi Gigaba and Fikile Mbalula have been deployed to strategic ministries.

“Minister of Finance [Malusi] Gigaba please don’t be captured. If you clown and become a friend of the monopoly capital, you are out,” Maine said.

‘Defend the president’

Maine said Gigaba’s deployment meant the beginning of radical economic transformation.

“We are not talking about inclusive economy, we are not in government, people have not been including us,” he said.

“We want the economy in the hands of the majority, hence the onslaught on President Jacob Zuma,” explained Maine.

“Zuma has done what our beloved comrade Nelson Mandela failed to do, may his soul rest in peace. He has done what comrade Thabo Mbeki never did; he did what Comrade Kgalema Motlanthe never did…”

The league president also urged supporters to not allow themselves to be provoked, warning that “others” wanted to see them taken to jail. He once again reiterated the need to support Zuma.

“We will defend the president with everything. We will defend the president with our lives,” said Maine.

 

South Africa – ANC Youth league won’t reveal shock candidate to succeed Zuma

City Press

2017-01-26 06:03

The ANC Youth League will not be strong-armed into divulging the name of the “shock candidate” who they want to take over from President Jacob Zuma.

ANCYL secretary-general Njabulo Nzuza told the media at a press conference held in Pretoria yesterday that they would not be pressured into pronouncing on the succession debate ahead of the party’s 54th national conference in December this year.

“The names of preferred leaders for the ANC will only be made public at the party’s policy conference in June.

“We will not be pressured to release the names of candidates in a hurry because this is a long and strategic process, therefore the ANC Youth League believes that in such a critical year, which we have termed the 1948 moment of our generation, the ANC is prioritising principles of leadership over names of leaders,” Nzuza said.

Nzuza said the league would support leaders who would mainly prioritise the programme of radical economic transformation.

League president Collins Maine supported Nzuza’s statement.

“We will not be pressured to release the names of comrades who are likely to take over from the current president,” he said.

Asked where this pressure is coming from, Maine told reporters it was coming from the media.

“By constantly asking us to pronounce on the names of candidates, you are simply putting pressure on us,” he concluded.

Nzuza added that the league would support leaders who will advance land restitution and have a strong appetite to collapse white monopoly capital.

The young lions also accused Absa of criminality in the financial sector.

“It is evident that there has been criminality involving Bankorp, Absa and the Reserve Bank therefore this criminality must never go unpunished because it is what feeds white monopoly capital,” Nzuza said.

Nzuza made these remarks following the release of a draft report, which was published by the Mail & Guardian recently, in which which Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane recommends that Absa pay back R2.25 billion to the Reserve Bank.

The report said it was because of an illegal and improper loan, donation or so-called lifeboat made to a now-defunct Bankorp, which Absa acquired in the early 1990s.

Economic issues were not the only highlights of the briefing. The issue of dehumanising homosexuals in the country was also brought to attention.

Nzuza shared a message of support to all those who are discriminated against.

This came after a visit to Ghanian Bishop Dag Heward-Mills, who believed that homosexuality was unnatural.

He said: “That’s nature. Dogs, cats, leopards. Which animal has one partner? It’s just like homosexuality, you don’t have male and male. You don’t find two male dogs, two male lions, two male impalas, two male lizards. You don’t find that in nature. That is unnatural. There is nothing like that in nature.”

Nzuza called on all South Africans to protect lesbians and gays.

“These are fellow human beings who must be treated with respect and dignity like all human beings and no one has the moral right to speak ill, about them, as it dehumanises them.”

“Let us all remember that only God has the right to judge,” Nzuza said.

South Africa – ANCYL head wants rand to fall to help them control economy

How have these political and economic illiterates and ignoramuses risen to power in the ANC? Through Zuma’s selfish, suicidal approach to party and national leadership, of course.Nepotism, freeloading and mindless idiocy rule. KS

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‘We want the rand to fall so that when it rises, we will control the economy’ – Maine

2016-12-22 11:08

Collen Maine (Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

Collen Maine (Felix Dlangamandla, Netwerk24)

Durban –  ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Collen Maine says the league wants and needs the rand to fall so that when it rises again, the country’s economy will be under their control.

“We want the rand to fall, we need those economic turntables. The rand will fall but when it rises, we will be in charge of the economy of South Africa,” he said.

Maine was addressing more than 2 000 people on Wednesday at a lecture on economic freedom at Durban’s Olive Convention Centre.

He said those who had made objections against the country’s controversial multibillion-rand nuclear programme had done so because they would not benefit, “and all of them are white”.

He challenged the youth league to compose a song titled Jacob Zuma, Economic Freedom Is In Your Hands.

“Once you get attacked by capital, it wins.

“This rand thing comrades, it is very problematic. During the local government elections, when it was said that the ANC was not doing well, the rand gained strength, but when the ANC wins somewhere else, the rand depreciates,” Maine said.

“The problem is the ANC itself, we are more afraid of the market and the rating agencies. My solution to that problem is that the ANC must get younger.”

‘We are at junk status already’

Maine said he was inspired by Russia’s president Vladimir Putin.

“As we compose the song [about you], can you please be the Putin of South Africa?” he asked President Jacob Zuma

He said people could make whatever objections they wanted to about Zuma, but to “get to Zuma, they must go through us”.

“We are asking for economic freedom in our lifetime, and we see that in you, like your friend Putin,” he said, much to Zuma’s delight.

He said he did not understand the fuss about South Africa’s credit rating being cut to junk status.

“Can’t we take some action that is anti the market in South Africa and see if people will leave the country. We are threatened [with] junk status, as far as I am concerned we are at junk status already.”

He said those who were making a noise about the economic markets were the ones that stood to lose.

“I can tell you now that they will not leave South Africa. I want actions to be taken so that the rand must fall. It must fall. We won’t be dictated to by white monopoly capital.”

‘Correcting’ finance department

He said the key pillar to economic freedom was education.

“People of South Africa are saying that [former] president [Nelson] Mandela has brought us freedom. That is how people understand it.

“Can you please, as part of your legacy, give us free education?”

He said South Africa had the money to fund free education, and added that the performance of all previous finance ministers should be analysed.

“Because when we say go and serve us, some comrades got to be captured.”

He said the solution was “correcting the Department of Finance”.

“I am not going to say remove people. That is your prerogative. I am calling for transformation of that department.”

Maine said unless the party started doing things differently “we will not be able to achieve economic freedom in our lifetime”.

ANC not a ‘bed of roses’

He said some senior ANC leaders encouraged “our economic oppressors to do certain things economically”.

Maine expressed fears that should the ANC not address the issue of the economy “we will not be in government in the next ten years, but at least you won’t be president and Nkandla won’t be an issue. The issue will be the economy.”

He said the ANC was not a “bed of roses, but a revolution. This is not All You Need is Love“, he said referring to a TV programme on romantic relationships.

He said Zuma should be allowed to lead the country and hit out at the Save South Africa campaign.

“Let’s take Save South Africa for example, who are they? All the CEO’s of these big companies and our fellow brothers, I pity them, [Save South Africa leader Sipho] Pityana, who in the cake just get the icing sugar, they don’t get to eat the entire cake.”

He said Zuma was equal to the task and “the youth might be forced to do what it did not want to do, and we will start in Cape Town, the wine farms”.

Maine warned that 2017 was not going to be easy.

“We will lead the revolution on who must lead the ANC because we want these issues to be addressed. We have seen people in the ANC, I won’t mention names, who have declared that they are standing to be elected as the next president even though the time has not come to talk about it.”