President Zuma plays Mugabe’s ‘Asante Sana’ trick, refuses to resign


The South Africa’s ANC leadership has not been able to provide reasons for recalling Jacob Zuma as head of state, the South Africa’s president said on Wednesday.

Zuma said that the ANC top six could not provide him with reasons for asking him to resign when they visited him at his Pretoria house on Sunday.

“I asked … what was the problem? Why must I be persuaded to resign? Have I done anything wrong? And of course the officials couldn’t provide what I have done,” said Zuma.

“I need to be furnished on what I have done. Unfortunately no one has been able to provide me with what I have done wrong. Have I done something wrong? And if so, what is it that I’ve done? Nobody can give me an answer…”

Zuma said he did not think ANC leaders who kept speaking of two centres of power knew what they were talking about.

He said that they had told him there was a new mood in the country and that it had to be maintained in order for the country to move forward – to which Zuma asked if that would not be possible with him as the president.

“Once that motivation is made, that becomes even more important to hear. Have I done something wrong? Because that suggests if I’m not there, the situation would be perhaps different. What is it that I have done?” said Zuma.

He then told the top six that the matter they were raising had been raised before, including in meetings of the ANC’s national executive committee.

“The only difference is that now some of the people who were part of those who raising the issue, they are now in the leadership. They are now therefore having authority perhaps to say this matter must still continue.”

Tweeted businessman and church leader, Shingi Munyeza: “South Africa is currently having its ‘ASANTE SANA’ moment.” That’s a reference to the words former President Robert Mugabe used during a live broadcast address to the nation at which many Zimbabweans had hoped he would resign, but he stunned the nation when he said he would preside over the Zanu PF congress before signing off by saying: “asante sana, iwe neni tine basa” (thank you, all of us have work to do).

Prominent law lecturer Alex Magaisa tweeted a picture of a September 2008 story on Thabo Mbeki’s recall from the presidency, next to a clip of a Tuesday story on Zuma’s recall.

Tweeted Magaisa: “The definition of what goes around comes around.”

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