President Jacob Zuma says he never wanted to be president but a mere briefcase carrier for leaders.
This he told delegates at the Amathole ANC regional conference held in Mpekweni Resort near Port Alfred last night.
Zuma said all he ever wanted was to be in the background and assist leaders with “minor duties” such as carrying their briefcases.
“I did not want to be president because I knew all these difficulties (that come with the job),” said Zuma.
“I thought being in the background and assisting leaders by carrying their briefcases, their jackets and the like it would be just fine than to lead because to lead is a difficulty – because you are faced with decisions to take.”
Zuma said the presidency was more difficult for him because he had an understanding of the “global balance of forces” that are stalling the development of Africa.
“If you have this knowledge, it becomes even more difficult because you can take decisions that you cannot explain to anyone – because if you explain – it could impact very negatively (on) the organisation itself,” said Zuma who launched a scathing attack against the West.