Mantashe calls for 'Zuma moment'

2012-09-20 14:49

Johannesburg - ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe on Thursday referred to Cosatu's "Lula moment" - a call for radical economic transformation - as the "Zuma moment".

"We want to add to a few issues to make the 'Zuma moment' a reality," Mantashe said during a debate on Cosatu's socio-economic report in Midrand, Johannesburg.

The "Lula moment" refers to former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who was in office from 2003 to 2011.

Lula's first term was fraught with difficulty, but in his second term, he engineered a dramatic turnaround, improving the living standards of Brazil's working class.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) proposal for a Lula moment was a call for radical economic transformation.

Cosatu was holding its four-day national congress. Thursday was the last day.

The ANC has its national elective conference in Mangaung in December, where President Jacob Zuma was expected to run for a second term as party president.

Some affiliates at the congress agreed with Mantashe's call for a "Zuma moment".

Earlier, delegates sang in favour of Zuma, holding two fingers up, indicating a second term.

According to Cosatu's congress rules, singing in support of leaders was allowed but "showing of signs that seeks to prematurely open the debate on leadership of the ANC" was not allowed.

Nominations for the ANC's elective conference open on October 1.

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  • Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-09-20 15:06

    Is he asking for a 'Loot' moment? But he's been doing it all the time.

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-09-20 15:13

    Gee guys, I really don't know if being polygamous and stupid is going to kick start the economy. It may but I have my doubts so maybe we should possibly look at other alternatives, like work, ethics, honestly or am I being a cynic?

  • derek.smith.12177276 - 2012-09-20 15:14

    A hilarious bunch these cANCerians...well zumaville has already kickstarted...

  • Daniel Mah - 2012-09-20 15:14

    but we've had so many 'zuma moments' already

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-09-20 15:14

    oh please he has no idea how to do it to much plans that never gets off the ground useless

  • toddler.ras - 2012-09-20 15:30

    or maybe a No condom day celebrating our president

  • Joubs1957 - 2012-09-20 15:31

    I know a certain "two finger" sign that I think is very appropriate for Mr. Zoooma

      alan.jerrold - 2012-09-20 15:47

      Yes, and it definitely doesn't stand for 'Victory' either.

  • mathivha.obert - 2012-09-20 15:59

    Zuma has had his undeserving opportunity to lead & he failed what more of Zuma do we need - institutionalized thuggery.

  • azwi.sadiki - 2012-09-20 16:07

    So the rest of the anc do agree that zuma's first term wasnt that great,den he should let the others who can bring change to take charge.

  • thepatrickwinter - 2012-09-20 16:08

    I have a 'Zuma moment' between 2.00 and 4.00 most mornings.

  • Michael - 2012-09-20 16:21

    "A Zuma Moment" ???? - Is this where we all dress up in leopard skins, screw multiple partners without protection (possibly without consent), before going on a trolley run through the reserve bank?

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-09-20 16:47

    The bird-brain of the ruling party - by a league

  • fernando.duda - 2012-09-20 20:08

    He always gets support from women mostly, maybe they hope they will be married to him in his second term. Personally, I am not into feeding Pres. Zuma's family and the elite members who recognise that when Zuma is not in the office they will lose their positions! Off course they will canvass for a second term knowing that their the goose is laying a golden egg.

  • litha.kutta.7 - 2012-10-01 12:00

    I had a dream, dreaming of my white friends dreaming of Zille moment, what a dream indeed. I will never support a Zuma moment, it has bad connotation and ndinomntana oyintombazana mna.

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