Outgoing KZN premier Sihle Zikalala is disputing claims that he betrayed former President Jacob Zuma and aligned himself with President Cyril Ramaphosa. #dstv403
DURBAN - Outgoing KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala is disputing claims that he betrayed former President Jacob Zuma and aligned himself with President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Zikalala said he has backed Zuma since 2005 and that his support is organisational rather than personal.
Zikalala resigned as premier just weeks after his bid to be re-elected as provincial ANC chairperson failed.
"At the political level, there are those who've accused us of betraying former President Jacob Zuma.
"I wish to make it clear that I have supported him since 2005 until today [Friday]. I supported him as a leader and someone who's sacrificed his life for South Africa to be liberated," he said.
"My support has never been personal but organisational. At no stage have ever tried to get a position for being associated with him.
"Equally, I've never badmouthed other for because they didn't support him. This deceptive narrative further accuses myself in particular by suggesting that I've aligned myself with President Ramaphosa. It's should be noted that it's the tradition of the ANC that members should accept and work with the leadership. This is the principle of the movement."