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Zuma repeats, he will not seek a third term

Zuma repeats, he will not seek a third term

President Jacob Zuma is getting tired of having to tell people that he will not seek a third term at the helm of the African National Congress, even if members sought to give him that mandate.

Zuma said he had always intended to serve for just two terms, adding that his tenure was now about to be completed.

Zuma's term as President of the ANC will end later this year.

"I have explained it before that I won't seek to be elected for a third term" Zuma told the SABC.

South Africa's Head of State said there were many within the governing party who had the capacity to take over the baton and lead the organisation into a new era.

"I'm finishing my second term now. There are many leaders in the ANC who can be elected. I'm the one who was against the suggesting, some time ago, when one of the President said we cannot allow him a third term," added Zuma.

The complication for Zuma, if he were to get a third term at the helm of the ANC, would be the small matter of two centres of power. He wants to avoid that at all costs.

"So I can't speak on different tunes. Even if some nominate me I will decline, we can't have two centres of power," added Zuma.

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