South African President Jacob Zuma has emphasized that his ambition is to be the Mayor of Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal when he goes on retirement.
Zuma mentioned this ambition twice on Sunday, December 11 at the funeral of a South African freedom fighter and at an African National Congress (ANC) Youth League lecture.
“When I say to people [that] when I’m going to take my pension, I am going to contest to be a councilor in my ward, people laugh. I was saying [to] someone yesterday … ‘my ambition is to be mayor of Nkandla one day’,” Zuma said at the funeral of Riot Mkhwanazi in KwaZulu-Natal.
When I say to people [that] when I'm going to take my pension, I am going to contest to be a councilor in my ward, people laugh. I was saying [to] someone yesterday ... 'my ambition is to be mayor of Nkandla one day'.
After the funeral, he attended the ANC inaugural economic freedom lecture as the guest speaker and stated that he wants to assist the ANC for free even as a councillor.
“If the organisation says ‘Zuma, Nkandla has been bothering us, canvass so then you can be a mayor’s councillor’, what would be the problem there?,” South Africa’s News24 quoted Zuma.“I will be very happy if I am elected as a councillor in Nkandla … I will not be looking for money,” he stressed.
President Zuma’s term as ANC president is set to end in 2017 and his term as the country’s president expires two years later.
Since taking office in 2009, he has faced a series of allegations of corruption which he has denied.
Zuma has survived several parliamentary impeachment processes and survived a motion of no- confidence by his own party, the ANC.