Â Zuma, who was recently elected the ANC president at Limpopo University, Polokwane, Limpopo province last month was unanymously voted as the party’s candidate for the crucial 2009 presidential elections.Â
Â The nomination of Zuma comes at a time the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) were accusing him of 16 corruption charges, among them the arms deal, pervading taxe and several others.Â
Â ANC spokesperson, Tiyani Rikhotso, said the party’s highest decision making body of the National Executive Committee (NEC) found it necessry to second the candidature of Zuma for he suffered for South Africa as well as deserving the top political job.Â
Â “In line with the resolution of the 2005 National General Council, the NEC reaffirmed its support of the ANC President Zuma during these trying times. It confirmed that the ANC President will lead the ANC election campaign as the organisation’s candidate for the president of South Africa in the 2009 election,” said Rikhotso.Â
Â He said the ruling party was now looking into ways of how best ANC part cadres could support Zuma lead the party during the election.
Â Meanwhile, Rikhotso, announced that the ANC would hold its 96th anniversary in Pretoria on Saturday where more than 20 000 party followers, among them diplomatic missions, ANC allies, business people and liberation movements from around the African continent to grace the crucial function.
Jacob Zuma, the newly elected ANC president will deliver his first public speech after the Polokwane conference in December 2007.Among other issues to be discussed at the 96th anniversary include messages of solidarity from ANC allies and liberation movements in the capital. ANC key local allies include the Congress of South African Trades Union (COSATU) and the South African Communist Party (SACP), who backed Zuma’s candidature will make presentations at the function-Â CAJ News.