ANC shows desperation about Convention statement by the UDM President (3 November 2008)

The UDM has noted the desperation of Jacob Zuma and the ANC in response to the national convention this weekend. This lynch mob is coming across as people who are panicking; their insults and anger only emphasise their desperation. Whether or not he likes it, the realignment of the political landscape will take place, in line with the constitutional principles of multi-party democracy and non-racialism.

Mr Zuma is suffering from selective amnesia, accusing others of 'anger' even as he increasingly promotes the politics of ethnicity, hatred and racism. Is it not ironic that he would point fingers at so-called 'black' parties working with so-called 'white' parties, when the ANC is still feeding on the carcass of the National Party, the very party that had oppressed the majority for decades? If he wants to persist with his racial thinking and anger about white people in politics, he must turn around and flush out the leaders of the architects of apartheid in the ANC, who are right behind his back. It is hypocrisy of the highest order for the ANC to pursue cooperation with any political party when it suits them - including the DA when the ANC was desperate to fight Truman Prince, but when it doesn't suit the ANC it calls people who discuss cooperation 'snakes'. The capitalists that he accuses of being in opposition are as nothing to the multi-millionaires who back him and bankroll the ANC, even recently writing out cheques in public for millions in donations to the ANC, presumably to protect their access to state contracts and tenders.

We welcome Mr Zuma's call to debate policy. Nobody really understands what his policies or those of the ANC are anymore. When he's in the US he says what they want to hear, when he's in a poor-white community he says what they want to hear, when he speaks to a rural community in KwaZulu Natal he tells them yet another thing. Meanwhile Mr Malema sings another tune, and so does Mr Nzimande. Ms Duarte is forced to contradict herself or one of her leaders on a weekly basis. The ANC really isn't in any position to accuse anybody of policy uncertainty.

I would gladly debate with him. I would love to debate those ANC policies of the past 15 years that promoted jobless growth, the looting of state resources by a select few, the ridiculous levels of crime as well as creating confusion in education. If he accepts, one of the questions I will ask him is why he went all the way to Mauritius to challenge in court the release into evidence of a diary that does not belong to him. Didn't he claim he was innocent, that there was not a shred of evidence to the contrary? But I suspect he won't want to debate, like he didn't really want his day in court, even though he said so publicly until his bluff was called.

The time is rapidly approaching when the voters will indicate whether they trust parties with leaders who are fugitives from justice.