ANC 2017 Elective Conference

[LISTEN] 'I never wanted to be President, I was not ambitious'

Host Eusebius Mckaiser played an excerpt from JPresident Jacob Zuma's speech at the ANC gala dinner ahead of the party's elective conference on Friday evening at Nasrec in Johannesburg.

Zuma opened up about his presidency and the people that criticised him as the president of both the ANC and of South Africa.

He told the delegates that he never wanted to be president and that he tried to dodge it by going to Kwazulu-Natal to deal with the violence there at the time but he was pushed to take the postion.

When I say to people I never thought I will ever be president. It’s true. I did not try to be president.

President Jacob Zuma, Outgoing ANC President

I was not ambitious. I was just carrying out a task.

President Jacob Zuma, Outgoing ANC President

Eusebius McKaiser spoke to EWN reporter Clement Manyathela about President Jacob Zuma's speech.

Manyathela says Zuma claims he holds no grudge against people who called him names and that he forgives them.

I know it's politics but is he telling the truth? When you see him in other platforms where he enjoys support, he speaks very harshly about the people that criticise him, even some of the party stalwarts whom he would acknowledge when he is in a different platform.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

He took some responsibility for the mistakes made by the ANC.

He also apologised and said where we have wronged we also apologise. I think it's a matter of the so-called famous collective responsibility that we have heard over the years.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

Listen to the excerpt from the speech and analysis below:


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