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Zuma tried to destroy SARS: Mbeki

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Former president, Thabo Mbeki, took a swipe at his successor Jacob Zuma, saying his newly-formed party is led by people who tried to destroy the South African Revenue Service (SARS).
“You destroy SARS, you destroy the democratic state. And yet there were people who made a decision to do exactly that.”
Mbeki made the remarks at a student lecture on socio political issues at Unisa yesterday.
The MK Party gained traction when Zuma announced that he will be ditching the ANC at the upcoming polls.
The former president has openly campaigned for the new kid on the block, with the hope that it will achieve a two-thirds majority.
Zuma’s move led to his suspension from the governing party, despite some party leaders saying he had expelled himself from the party.
Mbeki says the breakaways in the party are a cause for concern.
“I am saying in the context of what is happening in the country, how do we understand breakaways? Take the MK Party.
“You can’t say I remain a member of the ANC, but I am going to support a party which is going to campaign to defeat the ANC. That doesn’t make sense. One of those two things is wrong.”
Mbeki says it’s important for South Africans to know who they are voting for as they prepare to head to the polls on the 29th of May.
He says citizens should refrain from voting for people who were part and parcel in destroying state-owned entities (SOEs).
While Mbeki lambasted the formation of the MK Party, its Gauteng youth leader, Bonginkosi Khanyile, threatened violence should they not appear on the ballot.
The MK Party and the ANC will go head to head with the ANC at the Electoral Court next week Tuesday over its name and logo.
The ANC maintains that the registration of the party was unlawful and is challenging the use of its trademark, Umkhonto Wesizwe.
Khanyile says there will be no election if the courts declare their registration invalid.
The former Fees Must Fall leader went on a rant during a media briefing yesterday and also took aim at Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

Khanyile also announced Zuma as the party’s official presidential candidate.

Written by: Lindiwe Mpanza

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