The Congress of the People (COPE) slammed President Jacob Zuma calling for unity within the African National Congress (ANC).
This follows after Zuma on Sunday during the party’s 105th birthday celebration vowed to bring change within the ANC.
COPE’s Spokesperson Dennis Bloem said it is “ironic” that the individual that destroyed the ANC is now calling for unity within the organisation.
“It is ironic that the man calling for unity of the ANC is the very man who divides the party. It is during his term as ANC President that the party had two breakaways, COPE and the EFF, with the possibility of the party having a third breakaway party lurking in the horizon,” said Bloem.
Bloem then expressed his disapproval of Zuma’s speech by saying his speech was empty and full of “old rhetoric about the history of the ANC”.
He went on to say the speech had no clear plans of tackling serious issues and added the ANC has lost its direction and credibility as the governing party.
“The once powerful respected liberation movement has lost credibility among the people,” said the Spokesperson.
Bloem questioned why the ANC had changed the venue for its 105 birthday celebration.
“Since after the unbanning of the ANC in 1990, they had all the time gathered at the FNB stadium and had no difficulty to fill it to capacity,” said Bloem
“It is so sad that the ANC is making a big noise about filling-up the Orlando Stadium with a capacity of 40,000 far smaller than the FNB stadium which is more than double the size of Orlando stadium,” he added.
Bloem then called on the ANC leadership to accept that Zuma has become a “liability” to the organisation. And warned that with the dwindling support the organisation is facing, it will soon fall and disappear.